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February 25th, 2010
02:33 PM ET

When will we see a herpes cure?

As a feature of CNNhealth.com, our team of expert doctors will answer readers' questions. Here's a question for Dr. Gupta.

From Lloyd Bartley, Bowling Green, Kentucky

“How close are scientists to developing a cure for herpes, figuratively speaking will we be seeing a break through in 10, 20, or even 30 years?”

Answer:

Well, Lloyd, there is good news and bad news on the herpes front. The good news: Researchers have made serious strides and now better understand the mechanism behind herpes outbreaks. The bad news: There is very little funding for that research.

After receiving your question we reached out to a leading herpes expert, Bryan Cullen, the director at the Center for Virology at Duke University. Cullen is hopeful that a cure for herpes could come within 10 years, once funding hurdles are crossed.

Nearly one in five people over age 12 in the U.S. is affected by herpes. It is caused by a virus - either the herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) or the herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2). Both strains can cause genital herpes, but HSV-1 usually infects the mouth and produces cold sores.

Despite funding challenges, Cullen and his team are inching closer to a cure. They conducted a study recently that identified the pathway herpes takes as it infects. They now know how herpes embeds itself into the cells and how it eludes treatment. Now that they have honed in on the physiology of the disease - and its triggers - researchers believe they are steps closer to creating drugs that could cure herpes.

While we wait for a cure, there are drugs out there that can at least suppress herpes. Three antiviral drugs: acyclovir, valacyclovir, and famciclovir are commonly recommended to quell outbreaks. A physician might recommend taking these drugs when an outbreak occurs to quiet symptoms; or taking them continuously to reduce the likelihood of an outbreak.

And of course the best way to avoid spreading herpes is to abstain from sex, but if you are sexually active, engage in safe-sex practices such as using condoms.

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  1. Alexander Lingard

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    April 22, 2018 at 18:28 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Nicholas Stephanie

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    I caught genital herpes from my Ex Husband who never told me about the virus. I had it for 5 years with so many outbreak,and it affected my life.. People think herpes is really a minor skin irritation herpes has a long term effects on health. The stigma attached to this virus by ignorant people is ridiculous. Most people have herpes in one form or another,i was first taking Antiviral medicines, such as acyclovir(Zovirax), famciclovir (Famvir), and valacyclovir (Valtrex), are recommended for treating primary genital herpes outbreaks. This medicine can be taken when an outbreak occurs. It can also be taken every day to help prevent outbreaks,it is not a total cure... I will like to tell everyone who is reading this my testimony on how i get rid of my genital herpes.I was reading a comment on the internet,and i saw a testimony posted by a young lady from USA that she got rid of her herpes with the help of doctor ERAUDU ,a Traditional Herbalist.So i was so happy when i saw that post,that his herbal medication Cure the virus totally.I quickly copied the herbal doctor email address and i email him within 30 minutes he respond to my mail.I explain things to him he told me not to worry that i should fill his herbal form which i did..The next day he told me that he has prepare the herbal medicine,that i should send him my address that he want to sent his HERBAL MEDICINE to me via DHL or FED-EX that was how i got the herbal medication and i use it as i was instructed.After a week i went to see a Medical Doctor who confirmed my herpes was no more.When some of my friend who has herpes saw me they were surprise and i also introduce them to the man and they are also cure from the same Genital herpes today.I also refer my cousin to the same herbalist who was having DIABETES and today she is fully cure...If you have Genital or Oral herpes or any kind of Diseases and infections,kindly contact HERBALIST ERAUDU via this email DR, erauduherbalcure94@yahoo.com OR
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    Hello every one I am Dawson Rose from usa. I have testimony that I would like to share with you all how I caught genital herpes from my Ex Husband who never told me about the virus. I had it for 5 years with so many outbreak, and it affected my life.. People think herpes is really a minor skin irritation herpes has a long term effects on health. The stigma attached to this virus by ignorant people is ridiculous.

    Most people have herpes in one form or another, I was first taking Antiviral medicines, such as acyclovir (Overtax), famciclovir (Famvir), and valacyclovir (Valtrex), are recommended for treating primary genital herpes outbreaks.

    This medicine can be taken when an outbreak occurs. It can also be taken every day to help prevent outbreaks, it is not a total cure... I will like to tell everyone who is reading this my testimony on how i get rid of my genital herpes’ was reading a comment on the internet, and I saw a testimony posted by a young lady from USA that she got rid of her herpes with the help of DR RAUDU ,a Traditional Herbalist. So I was so happy when I saw that post, that his herbal medication Cure the virus totally .I quickly copied the herbal doctor email address and I email him within 30 minutes he respond to my mail. I explain things to him he told me not to worry that I should fill his herbal form which I did..

    The next day he told me that he has prepare the herbal medicine, that I should send him my address that he want to sent his HERBAL MEDICINE to me via DHL or FED-EX that was how I got the herbal medication and I use it as I was instructed. After a week I went to see a Medical Doctor who confirmed my herpes was no more. When some of my friend who has herpes saw me they were surprise and I also introduce them to the man and they are also cure from the same Genital herpes today. I also refer my cousin to the same herbalist who was having DIABETES and today she is fully cure...If you have Genital or Oral herpes or any kind of Diseases and infections, kindly contact HERBALIST ERAUDU via this email DR, erauduherbalcure94@yahoo.com OR

    You can also reach him on, VIA WATSAPP, +2348164635960.

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    Grateful to Dr osalumese for all his help for my life, my partner was having Herpes Simplex Virus, and we were planing on getting married on early December, when we decided to get ourselves tested first and we found out that my fiancee was HSV 2 Positive, my fiancee was so unhappy, because this was a barrier for us to get married, so i went out to search out a remedy for my partner, and it was so surprising how Dr osalumese has been a blessing and healing to the masses, after reading about his work on a blog i immediately emailed him: [drosalumese@gmail com] and he wrote back to me that my fiancee will be OK and that we we get married this same year, i couldn't believe it, after doing all that is needed to be done, i was surprise that after 2weeks of using his medicine my fiancee went to the doc and was diagnose negative. For more info contact his email or What app:+2349034455391

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