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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. Robert Sarah

    All thanks to Dr asumo, I am here to share a good testimony of my self on how i came in contact with a real herbalist who helped me. i appreciate everyone for taken their precious time to read my testimony, 6 months ago i was diagnosed of HERPES, this means that 6 months ago i was HERPES positive when i told one of my good friend about this, she sympathized with me and then she said that she was going to help me out, she told me that we should do some research on the Internet, we came across Dr asumo and my friend said that she has come across a lot about him and said that he is a real herbalist remedy to all illness, i was really surprised on this and confused as well, I was so speechless and quickly i contact him to help me and he prepared some herbs for me and send it across to me and he told me the way i was going to be taken the medicine which i did, and in the next 2 weeks i went to the hospital and they said that i am now HERPES negative, i am very happy about this, when i contacted Dr asumo again to tell him the good result , i asked him how he was able to help me, and he said that he was gifted with it that he can cure any disease. also reach him to because health is better than wealth Email him via"asumoharbalhome@gmail.com

    May 10, 2016 at 05:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. nazmulh100

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    May 13, 2016 at 05:07 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. nazmulh100

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    May 13, 2016 at 05:07 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. judith

    And also to remind you that you are not wasting your money you are trying to get your healing and you will get it just try and send the money so that you get your medicine on time trust is one thing that lead to success my dear never give up on your dreams you will be heal.

    Regards
    Dr Omosun

    May 17, 2016 at 16:10 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Rhonda Parsons (@RhondaRhonda12)

    Herpes is a sexually transmitted virus that primarily infects the mouth and the genitals. It is transmitted by bodily fluids – penetration isn’t required for transmission, oral-oral or oral-genital contact will suffice,There are two types of herpes simplex virus: HSV-1 and HSV-2. Both virus types can cause sores around the mouth (herpes labialis) and on the genitals (genital herpes). Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). Cold sores sometimes called fever blisters, are groups of small blisters on the lip and around the mouth. The skin around the blisters is often red, swollen, and sore. The blisters may break open, leak a clear fluid, and then scab over after a few days. They usually heal in several days to 2 weeks. The herpes simplex virus usually enters the body through a break in the skin around or inside the mouth. It is usually spread when a person touches a cold sore or touches infected fluid—such as from sharing eating utensils or razors, kissing an infected person, or touching that person's saliva. A parent who has a cold sore often spreads the infection to his or her child in this way. Cold sores can also be spread to other areas of the body. Luckly there is a cure for herpes Contact Dr Odia Via:(drodiaherbalistcenter @ gmail . com)

    May 18, 2016 at 19:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. jerry

    This is a testimony this year 2016. on the 2nd of this month i saw a post that Dr okos cure his Herpes Virus and i contacted him, as i speak now i am free from herpes Virus. all glory to Dr okos. if you have herpes Virus contact Dr okos and i promise the world will be free from Herpes Virus.

    Contact his email: Drokos202@gmail.com

    May 19, 2016 at 02:57 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. alice valentino

    I am so so happy today, I have been suffering from herpes for the past 2years now, i have spent a lot on drugs and herbs which has all proved abortive, i have tried all means in life to become herpes negative , but there was no answer until i decided to try herbal solution and i found Dr Damian in an online research i contacted him and after I took his medication as he told me, i am now Herpes Negative, i am very very happy, thanks to Dr. Damian for helping my life come back newly again without any form of crisis, i promise to tell your name and good deeds to the whole world. Kindly contact him for cure regarding, HIV, Herpes, Cancer and other disease. Email: damianwood986@gmail.com or call him on +2348065182592

    May 19, 2016 at 04:07 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Christy Arven

    Having Herpes is a Terrible Experience and my Experience will help some hsv patients beware of Herbs from online doc.
    I tried Herbs from some Herbal Dr online communicating with them on email but i never received any thing.
    I know you know what that means. well, just about a Month ago i saw a recent post on Dr Mercola home page when patients recommended Dr Ehigiegba as a Honest to work with in the procedures on finding a cure then i contacted him in trial and the Herbs he Sent me giot me Cured after 16 days.
    still very WILD to me.
    well, his email is ehigiegbapatientsmailbox@yahoo.com
    or call 0092349054870144
    Hope he welcomes you

    May 22, 2016 at 16:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Leana Joe

    My name Leena Joe and Yes I have HIV and I am not Afraid of telling my story. I faced a lot of problems as a single HIV Woman. I got Depression and Frustration about my life at that time by gods grace I meet with FindPs.com really it is completely changed my life. First I meat with this site I really thought that “This small site what can I do with this”, but after Registration I meat my beautiful Future..Really Many Thanks to http://www.FindPs.com

    May 23, 2016 at 14:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Susana Bonita

    God bless Doctor Arthur moon for helping me cure my diabetes type 2. Brethren, i have suffered diabetes for a long period of time, i have tried so many remedy, but known seems to work. But i had contact with a herbal doctor who i saw so many people testifying on how they were all cured of their various disease and viruses by this doctor. So i explained my entire problem to him, and he promised to cure me. So i gave him all benefit of doubt, and behold he prepared the herbal mixture, and send it to me in my country. Today, i am proud to say i am diabetes free, and my sugar level has been restored to normal. So in case you are out there suffering from diabetes and other diseases or virus, i want to tell you to quickly contact: Arthur moon for your cure. His email is arthurmoon01@gmail.com

    June 3, 2016 at 10:44 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Robert

    Hello, everyone! im here to explore blogs and forum about the wonderful and most safe cure for HERPES SIMPLEX VIRUS (HSV). I was positive to the deadly virus called HERPES and i lost hope because i was outcasted and rejected even by my closet friends. i searched online to know and enquire about cure for HERPES and i read someone testimony on how he was cured from HSV-2 so i decided to contact the same herbalist because i know that nature has the power to heal everything. i contacted him to know how he can help me and he told me never to worry that he will hel me with the natural herbs from God! after 2 days of contacting him, he told me that the cure has been ready and he sent it to me via DHL and it got to me after 3 days! i used the med as he instructed me (MORNING and EVENING) and i was cured! its really like a dream but im so happy! thats the reason i decided to also add more comment of Him so that more can be saved just like me! and if you need his help, you can email him on :arthurmoon01@gmail.com

    June 3, 2016 at 10:47 | Report abuse | Reply
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    http://www.ownatoyotaph.com

    June 4, 2016 at 03:55 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Bambi

    Here's the cure!
    This is not a joke! People need to know!
    Herpes Eraser. 2doctors finally figured it out but the pharmacudical companies don't want you to know about it.

    http://m.herpes-eraser.net/video/?subid=cakeaff_120&click_id=391-18710821&aff_id=6&render=indexlionflow1&layout=w0&pid=lionflow1&suid=q9v1oCiHeHcSJbgjClVTzDw%2Cdob

    June 7, 2016 at 13:21 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. JAMES

    Been diagnosed of herpes is just like been through hell but everything is posible. So amazing and i want to testify of the good work done by dr.Osas a very strong and powerful spell caster. dr.Osas has proved science and scientists wrong for believing and thinking that there is no cure for Herpes Virus but to be sincere this dr.Osas is so real and powerful. I never thought that this cure will work but this GREAT MAN has proved it to me and it has worked and still working perfectly. My Name is James Benand and i was diagnosed of the deadly disease called Herpes April 2016 and i thought that, this will be the end and there will be no hope. Speaking to anyone was always a problem because i was so worried and always in the state of unrest in fact i thought it was over until one blessed day when i was searching for help here on the internet, i came across a testimony about dr.Osas on how he helped a lady who was also infected with Herpes Virus, how he has also helped many others to get their loved ones back, and how he has also help others to cure HIV. At first i thought it was all a lie but i decided to give it a try since there was no option and, when i contacted this MAN he laughed and told me that, that is too small for him to handle but i was still in doubt, and he gave me a form to fill which I did, then he called me and told me that his gods required some items in which he will use in preparing the cure for me. He bought the items and prepared a cure for me, and instructed me on what to do and i OBEYED him completely as he told me. Then he sent a parcel to me through the courier delivery service. it was a holy water and a pure holy oil as described by dr.Osas. I took the holy water and the holy oil and after taking it, he told me to go for check up but I was still in doubt and was so afraid to go for the test but i took a bold step and believed that it is well, and i believed all what he has done and all that he has told me. So i went to the hospital for the test it was so amazing, awesome and exciting what seems to be impossible became possible, the VIRUS disappeared completely from my system quickly I called him and told him what happened he congratulated me and today i am a happy person again the way things use to be. Don't you think that this testimony is worth sharing? I promise to tell the world about him and i will keep sharing this testimony till the end because many people has died of herpes and i want many people who believed that it is over to know that EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE AND I WANT THEM TO GET HELP FROM THIS SPELL CASTER by contacting him on his email at dr.osascuringhome@gmail.com

    June 7, 2016 at 15:09 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. JAMES

    Been diagnosed of herpes is just like been through hell but everything is possible. So amazing and i want to testify of the good work done by dr.Osas a very strong and powerful spell caster. Dr.Osas has proved science and scientists wrong for believing and thinking that there is no cure for Herpes Virus but to be sincere this dr.Osas is so real and powerful. I never thought that this cure will work but this GREAT MAN has proved it to me and it has worked and still working perfectly. My Name is James Benand and i was diagnosed of the deadly disease called Herpes April 2016 and i thought that, this will be the end and there will be no hope. Speaking to anyone was always a problem because i was so worried and always in the state of unrest in fact i thought it was over until one blessed day when i was searching for help here on the internet, i came across a testimony about dr.Osas on how he helped a lady who was also infected with Herpes Virus, how he has also helped many others to get their loved ones back, and how he has also help others to cure HIV. At first i thought it was all a lie but i decided to give it a try since there was no option and, when i contacted this MAN he laughed and told me that, that is too small for him to handle but i was still in doubt, and he gave me a form to fill which I did, then he called me and told me that his gods required some items in which he will use in preparing the cure for me. He bought the items and prepared a cure for me, and instructed me on what to do and i OBEYED him completely as he told me. Then he sent a parcel to me through the courier delivery service. it was a holy water and a pure holy oil as described by dr.Osas. I took the holy water and the holy oil and after taking it, he told me to go for check up but I was still in doubt and was so afraid to go for the test but i took a bold step and believed that it is well, and i believed all what he has done and all that he has told me. So i went to the hospital for the test it was so amazing, awesome and exciting what seems to be impossible became possible, the VIRUS disappeared completely from my system quickly I called him and told him what happened he congratulated me and today i am a happy person again the way things use to be. Don't you think that this testimony is worth sharing? I promise to tell the world about him and i will keep sharing this testimony till the end because many people has died of herpes and i want many people who believed that it is over to know that EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE AND I WANT THEM TO GET HELP FROM THIS SPELL CASTER by contacting him on his email at dr.osascuringhome@gmail.com

    June 8, 2016 at 18:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. BENAND

    All these post about HERBAL MEDICINE and spell casters are scammers and fake trying to collect money all in the name of HERPES cure and when you contact them, they will be asking for your name, pictures, country, phone number, occupation and when you have given them all the information, they will be as king for money. I was once suffering from GENETIC HERPES and i spent a lot of money going from one herbal doctor to another but they all scam and take my money away until i came in contact with this powerful one called Dr.Osas who cured me from Herpes with his herbal medication , after doctor Osas has finished preparing the herbal medicine, he asked me to send him my residential address, so that he will send the herbal medicine to via D.H.L so i did. 2days later, i receiveed the herbal medicine and i had to follow the instructions he gave to me on how i will apply it. 2weeks later i went to hospital for test and according to the test done by the Medical doctor philip it stated that i was cured.
    So viewers be wise and beware of fake spell casters and fake herba doctors, they are all over the internet trying to steal from poor people. I will drop you the email of this powerful herbal doctor just in case you wish to contact him for help. dr.osascuringhome@gmail.com.
    Dr OSAS CAN AS WELL CURE THE FOLLOWING DISEASES:-

    1. HERPES
    2. LASSA FEVER
    3. GONORRHEA
    4. HIV/AIDS
    5. LOW SPERM COUNT
    6. MENOPAUSE DISEASE
    7. EPILEPSY
    8. ASEPSIS
    9. CANCER
    10. ANXIETY DEPRESSION
    11. PREGNANCY PROBLEM
    12. SHORT SIGHTEDNESS PROBLEM
    14. Male menopause
    15. Menopause – male
    16. Menopause – peri
    17. Menstruation problems
    18. Mercury Poisoning
    19. Migraine
    20. Miscarriage
    21. Mites (demodex mites)
    22. Mites (scabies mites)
    23. Motion sickness
    24. Mouth ulcer
    25. MRSA
    26. Multiple sclerosis
    27. Muscle cramps
    28. Myodesopsia
    29. Stroke

    June 8, 2016 at 18:39 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. Dr. Aliu

    Everyone says there is currently no medical cure for Herpes Simplex virus. Most treatment on herpes focuses on getting rid of sores and limiting outbreaks. It ispossible that your sores will disappear without treatment. However, your doctor may determine that you need one or more of the following medications:
    acyclovir
    famciclovir
    valacyclovir
    These medications may come in oral (pill) form, or may be applied as a cream. For severe outbreaks, these medications may also be administered by injection.
    However, there are herbal medicines that could totally eradicate this virus from the body, this has been proven with lots of testimonies. I took my time to investigate one Dr. Oduduwa from Nigeria on how his medication from root herbs magically cured my friend (Anthony and his girl friend) who had this embarrassing virus in California last year. Do yourself good by contacting Dr. Oduduwa via his email:oduduwahealingnetwork@gmail.com if you are suffering this infection. He also
    treat other deadly disease like HIV, ALS, Cancer etc. Call +1615-541-2872 for further confirmations

    June 10, 2016 at 07:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. JAMES BENAND

    All these post about HERBAL MEDICINE and spell casters are scammers and fake trying to collect money all in the name of HERPES cure and when you contact them, they will be asking for your name, pictures, country, phone number, occupation and when you have given them all the information, they will be as king for money. I was once suffering from GENETIC HERPES and i spent a lot of money going from one herbal doctor to another but they all scam and took my money away until i came in contact with this powerful one called Dr.Cletus who cured me from Herpes with his herbal medication , after Dr.Cletus has finished preparing the herbal medicine, he asked me to send him my residential address, so that he will send the herbal medicine to via D.H.L so i did. 2days later, i received the herbal medicine and i had to follow the instructions he gave to me on how i will apply it. 2weeks later i went to hospital for test and according to the test done by the Medical doctor Desmond, it stated that i was cured.
    So viewers be wise and beware of fake spell casters and fake herbal doctors, they are all over the internet trying to steal from poor people. I will drop you the email of this powerful herbal doctor just in case you wish to contact him for help. Dr.Cletuscuringhome@gmail.com.
    Dr.Cletus CAN AS WELL CURE THE FOLLOWING DISEASES:-

    1. HERPES
    2. LASSA FEVER
    3. GONORRHEA
    4. HIV/AIDS
    5. LOW SPERM COUNT
    6. MENOPAUSE DISEASE
    7. EPILEPSY
    8. ASEPSIS
    9. CANCER
    10. ANXIETY DEPRESSION
    11. PREGNANCY PROBLEM
    12. SHORT SIGHTEDNESS PROBLEM
    14. Male menopause
    15. Menopause – male
    16. Menopause – peri
    17. Menstruation problems
    18. Mercury Poisoning
    19. Migraine
    20. Miscarriage
    21. Mites (demodex mites)
    22. Mites (scabies mites)
    23. Motion sickness
    24. Mouth ulcer
    25. MRSA
    26. Multiple sclerosis
    27. Muscle cramps
    28. Myodesopsia
    29. Stroke

    June 14, 2016 at 14:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. JAMES BENAND

    Been diagnosed of herpes is just like been through hell but everything is possible. So amazing and i want to testify of the good work done by Dr.Cletus a very strong and powerful spell caster. Dr.Cletus has proved science and scientists wrong for believing and thinking that there is no cure for Herpes Virus but to be sincere this Dr.Cletus is so real and powerful. I never thought that this cure will work but this GREAT MAN has proved it to me and it has worked and still working perfectly. My Name is James Benand and i was diagnosed of the deadly disease called Herpes April 2016 and i thought that, this will be the end and there will be no hope. Speaking to anyone was always a problem because i was so worried and always in the state of unrest in fact i thought it was over until one blessed day when i was searching for help here on the internet, i came across a testimony about Dr.Cletus on how he helped a lady who was also infected with Herpes Virus, how he has also helped many others to get their loved ones back, and how he has also help others to cure HIV. At first i thought it was all a lie but i decided to give it a try since there was no option and, when i contacted this MAN he laughed and told me that, that is too small for him to handle but i was still in doubt, and he gave me a form to fill which I did, then he called me and told me that his gods required some items in which he will use in preparing the cure for me. He bought the items and prepared a cure for me, and instructed me on what to do and i OBEYED him completely as he told me. Then he sent a parcel to me through the courier delivery service. it was a holy water and a pure holy oil as described by Dr.Cletus. I took the holy water and the holy oil and after taking it, he told me to go for check up but I was still in doubt and was so afraid to go for the test but i took a bold step and believed that it is well, and i believed all what he has done and all that he has told me. So i went to the hospital for the test it was so amazing, awesome and exciting what seems to be impossible became possible, the VIRUS disappeared completely from my system quickly I called him and told him what happened he congratulated me and today i am a happy person again the way things use to be. Don't you think that this testimony is worth sharing? I promise to tell the world about him and i will keep sharing this testimony till the end because many people has died of herpes and i want many people who believed that it is over to know that EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE AND I WANT THEM TO GET HELP FROM THIS SPELL CASTER by contacting him on his email at Dr.Cletuscuringhome@gmail.com

    June 14, 2016 at 14:23 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. Jimmy Mc

    I wonder if the delta ap actually works.. Why would they make a cure for something when there is so much money selling medication that quiets down the symptoms? Till that cure comes, research the correct proteins your body needs to keep the virus at its weakest. Take care of your health the best possible so we are not throwing money into pharmaceutical companies pockets. Our health care system is a shame, sorry

    June 14, 2016 at 21:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. kate

    I am s the great Dr Erediawa for curing my herpes disease,for 7 years ago i
    was having this infection that made me look so horrible, since i have been having this
    disease i have been in a complete agony weeping everyday, i have gone to several places
    trying to get a cure but nothing was change, i had to search for solution in the
    Internet, luckily i came across this testimony of how Dr Erediawa cured a man from this
    terrible affection so i decided to contact him through his email
    address :drerediawaherbs@gmail.com i told him exactly how i was feeling and he assure
    me that he will help me to get cured from my disease, i believed him and obeyed all his
    instruction that he gave to me, afterwards he prepare a herbal herbs for me and when i received it and started using it just as he has promised me, i was cured totally within 3 weeks of usage.please help me Thank Dr Erediawa for curing my herpes, you can contact him via drerediawaherbs@gmail.com, whatsapp number:+23408159412586.

    June 24, 2016 at 16:09 | Report abuse | Reply
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