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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. DC

    B, I would like to talk with you about setting up an HSV research foundation.

    February 5, 2011 at 02:13 | Report abuse | Reply
    • JASMINE JACKSON

      I am here to give my testimony about Dr.Unuareghe who helped me in my life, i want to inform the public how i was cured from (HERPES SIMPLEX VIRUS) by Dr Unuareghe,i visited different hospital but they gave me list of drugs like Famvir, Zovirax, and Valtrex which is very expensive to treat the symptoms and never cured me. I was browsing through the Internet searching for remedy on herpes and i saw comment of people talking about how Dr Unuareghe cured them. when i contacted him he gave me hope and send a Herbal medicine to me that i took and it seriously worked for me, am a free person now without problem, my herpes result came out negative. I pray for you Dr Unuareghe am cured you can also get your self cured my friends if you really need Dr Unuareghe help, you can reach him now on dr.unuareghecuringhome@gmail.com

      April 13, 2016 at 17:39 | Report abuse |
  2. Eric

    This is the longest comments section i have ever read, I dont feel so alone any more.
    WE NEED A CURE!

    February 12, 2011 at 00:23 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Jennie

    I agree with Eric, seeing this section makes me feel less alone. I've been getting cold sores ever since I could remember. Even though I've been getting the less and less through out the years It's still hard living and dealing with it. I'm in my first serious relationship and I'm terrified of giving this virus to my boyfriend. This virus can spread between outbreaks and without any signs. I feel it is unfair that he might have to live with this too. I don't know much about politics, or how this whole process works, but I do know what it's like walking around with your hand covering your mouth because you feel like an outcast. I know what it's like to get those dirty comments from people and even though they're not true they still hurt. I got this virus when I was a kid, I don't know how and I don't know exactly when, but now I have to live with the feeling of fear and regret because there will always be a small chance that I might have spread it to a wonderful person. It's obvious that I am not the the only person who feels this way. We need a cure and we need it now. I want to help in the funding bill anyway I can and hopefully this cure will be found in the next few years.

    February 20, 2011 at 01:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. FERGUS SMITH

    IT IS IMPORTANT TO KNOW THAT IF YOU SUFFER FROM COLD SORES, YOU MUST NEVER USE "WHITENING" TOOTHPASTE. IT IRRITATES THE MUCOSA AND CAUSES AN OUTBREAK. I NEVER HAD COLD SOES UNTIL THEY BROUGHT OUT WHITENING TOOTHPASTE. I NOTICED A SMALL WARNING ABOUT CAUSING COLD SORES, STOPPED USING IT, AND DO NOT HAVE COLD SORES ANYMORE.

    February 28, 2011 at 11:40 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. solid9

    iridion_us@yahoo.com

    February 28, 2011 at 12:29 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. pa

    Well I say it every time I get one....why the hell can't they find a cure?....well anyways I'm a very self conscious person and this virus has stopped me from exploring many aspects of life...one being a career choice,I always wanted to become a paramedic but would dread the thought of helping people while they're starring up at a big ugly cold sore on my lip lol....so I chose a job that has a lot of alone time [truck driver] it's a decent living but not a passion of mine....and usually skip vacations with friends,like those all inclusive one's where everybody drinks and has a great time! could you imagine how your lips would look after a week of that...I only have type 1...I always say why cant this show up on my upper arm or something who would care then....but anyways if they come up with a cure....1 I'm quitting my job and going to school 2 look out cuba here I come.....

    March 2, 2011 at 21:48 | Report abuse | Reply
    • beat down

      I also wish mine was in another location on my body, I have genital herpes. The infection spot is right on the head of my penis. I cant think of a worse place. After all the outbreaks it has become badly scared, bumpy from all the scar tissue and it has changed color, from the nice pink that this once was it is now purple and red all over. I get sick to my stomach every time I see it, I try not to even look at it at all, only once in the shower to see if Im getting yet another out break and that is it. I have even resorted to sitting down to pee so that I dont have to look at it or touch it. I have not made love to anyone is so long I think I forgot how, I have not made love to myself I think I forgot how to do that as well. Erections are actually painful for me, when the head swells all the scared areas begin to throb with pain.
      I used to be such a vibrant outgoing guy, out to lunch with friends, a drink from time to time with coworkers, many hobbies like gardening, painting, drawing, having friends over and cooking good meals together. That is all gone my friends have all gone, I just sit alone in my house, many days I dont even open the drapes I just sit in the dark. And not sitting in the dark under a light reading a favorite book or sketching or drawing something in my sketch pad. I dont do any of my favorite things. Im only 36 and have aged about 10 years in the past one. I look like death, I have stopped taking care of myself, I dont go to the gym like I used to, I dont go walking in the park, jogging or hiking I use to love getting out in the Great Outdoors. I can hardly walk sometimes, the pain when my genitals rub against my clothing is agonizing, its in such a sensitive area. Many job promotions have zipped on by me, I just dont have the will power, herpes has beat me down so bad, it took everything great away from me. It moved in along with a huge black cloud that follows me everywhere I go. Its so so sad.

      March 3, 2011 at 11:31 | Report abuse |
    • Gino

      to Beat Down and to All,
      You can’t let this disease bring you down, I myself got this for three years now and it was very mild for majority of times but recently I have noticed the medication is not as helpful as before but I am not letting this disease control my life and defeat me and bring me down. It really made me sad while reading your comments but my friend you can’t let it bring you down because herpes breakouts is also connected to stress level so get out there get yourself busy with work, hobbies so your mind won’t be occupied by thinking all the time about it and you will see the difference that your breakouts are not going to be as severe, keep positive and cure I hope is around the corner.

      June 5, 2011 at 22:14 | Report abuse |
  7. james

    Dr. Michel Desjardins already found a way to eliminate VHS during whil it is dormant. And who to stimulates our immune system to kill it 100%

    wE NEED TO SUPPORT HIM

    http://health.dir.groups.yahoo.com/group/International_Medical_Journal/message/1664

    http://www.nouvelles.umontreal.ca/udem-news/news-digest/herpes-scientists-find-cellular-process-that-fights-virus.html

    the cure already exist we just need to give them the mmoney.

    If we had the porcine vaccine in less than 6 months. Why can we have a herpes vacCINE/cure now?

    March 4, 2011 at 23:28 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Shakeel

      Hi I will like to know more about this cour you are talking about the name of it and maybe a websit I can find it at and where I can give money to help out with this b/c I want a cure I can't Handel this no more

      March 22, 2011 at 21:28 | Report abuse |
    • jono

      as above i have had herpes for two years and my partner also has sufferings i dont understand why they dont bring the cure out and put a price on it as that why it could be money well spent my relastionship has been really hard at time just dont know what to do any more!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      April 20, 2011 at 10:25 | Report abuse |
  8. GrowingSick

    i dont understand why there is not any funding when more then half of the United States is suffering from such a horrible annoying disease. I pay my taxes, so why dont they actually do something with it that's going to benefit me

    March 9, 2011 at 01:00 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. cutiepie

    yea when is it gone be a cure why is it that theres no cure for herpes like it is with anyother std its not like its aides.

    March 15, 2011 at 22:00 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. help

    A cure is so far off, look at breast cancer, that are bringing in tons of money with the "race for the cure' and there is no cure there, not even close. Herpes is a virus no one wants to talk about in the open, and its not killing people in the way that Aids did.

    March 15, 2011 at 22:44 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. geriksson

    1 in5 ???
    3 in 4 has herpes simplex I
    1 in 4 has Herpes simplex II

    March 16, 2011 at 00:29 | Report abuse | Reply
    • jc

      Incredible isn't it?

      When I first saw those stats on a medical help website, I thought it must be an exaggeration...until I saw the CDC website with the exact same numbers.

      People at your office have it. People in your family have it. Your friends have it. Chances are better than not, that you and I have it!

      But because of it's stigma, nobody wants to talk about it. Have you ever seen a "Herpes" rubber bracelet? LOL!

      July 25, 2011 at 15:10 | Report abuse |
  12. joel

    Please donate to research at herpescureresearch.org

    March 21, 2011 at 02:29 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Daniel

    Its crazy I just found out today that I have herpes to be exact 3 hours ago. For the longest time I would laugh and think things like this is funny but when the doctor told me my jaw dropped and I was in shock. I guess its true what they say you don't realize how serious something is until it effects you directly. I'm glad to see I'm not the whole person out there with these feelings that I am just beginning to feel. If there is a legitimated foundation out there I could donate to to help find a cure please reply and let me know.

    March 21, 2011 at 20:18 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jorge

      UF and DUKE are working towards looking for a cure. If u want to donate, u should donate to them. I donate every month.

      March 22, 2011 at 23:31 | Report abuse |
  14. heartbroken

    to be quite honest i have read so many posts and blogs where ppl say donate to this organization, donate to this organization there has been thousands and thousands of dollars donated and there is yet to be a cure or even close to it. They do not want to cure this disease as it will make thousands of pharmaceutical companies lose millions and millions of dollars but its so sad that no one takes this disease serious and sits back while ppl suffer from shame, depression and loneliness

    March 22, 2011 at 03:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Suffering teen

    Wow this is amazingly comforting, im probably one of the most dramatized persons thats going through this, being that im only 17 & i have genital herpes. i got it from an ex boyfriend who supposely didn't know he had it. i was diagnosed with it on oct 2010 and so far i've only had 2 break outs, i cried every night to sleep because i know how serious andpainfull this is and i know that if a cure isn't found this is something ima have to live with for the rest of my life. it affects me because i can't open up to anyone & like daniel said its just shocking because its something that we just dont expect to ever obtain :/ we always laugh about it and hardly ever take it serious unless its affecting us directly and this is just so wrong :/ we need a cure SOON ! & we also need to inform teenagers like me about things like this.. pregnancy and HIV/AIDS isn't the only thing they should be worrying about.. most teenagers dont even know that you can get genital herpes, you can obtain herpes in so many ways that it's scary ! WE NEED TO INFORM & MOST OF ALL WE NEED A CURE !

    March 23, 2011 at 21:17 | Report abuse | Reply
    • kendra

      Seriously people, there over 800 of us posting here, that goes to show how many man power we have, lets all send letters to the president!!!! We have to make this more serious than HIV because it is!!!

      September 16, 2011 at 21:38 | Report abuse |
  16. Jenna

    To the person who signed himself Beat Down:

    We all have felt how you feel–As if life is over. Like you, I was depressed for a LONG time. Then I decided that no matter what, I was going to give my body every kindness, all my support, and build it up into something really beautiful and strong, despite having herpes. I exercised–running and swimming–That helped a lot with depression. I worked with weights. I found yoga classes. I changed my diet. I found a great counselor to talk to. All I can say is–begin. Just begin. Change the things you can change, even if it's just joining a gym. Exercising is like a moving meditation, and it will build back your confidence. There is going to be a vaccine to prevent HSV, and a treatment that stops outbreaks. I have no doubt of that. There are also new medicines in the pipeline now that patents have expired for the current HSV meds. In the meantime give your body all the help you can. Make it your mission. And boy, you are not alone.

    March 24, 2011 at 23:57 | Report abuse | Reply
    • mimi

      Hey jenna email me I need to speak to someone that can help. Thanks

      March 27, 2011 at 14:44 | Report abuse |
    • Beat down

      Thank you so much Jenna, I just wish there was a cure more than anything. Not because Im selfish and think Im the only one with issues in the world, its just so hard for me to live like this.
      I actually got out and did some gardening yesterday after reading your post to me, the weather was so nice. I felt really good out there getting my hands in the dirt and enjoying the sunshine and it really did help get my mind off of herpes and onto something constructive. I resolve to get out of this slump and back into the swing of things, actually before all this I was working towards becoming a yoga instructor I was so close, maybe I should start taking classes again, get back into shape and win this thing.
      Thank you and take care

      March 27, 2011 at 21:02 | Report abuse |
  17. Mel

    I feel so completely empty and ruined. Everyone relates herpes to being promiscuous..NOT true. I am so sick to my stomach..I've been praying so hard for a cure and for those who are suffering physically as well as emotionally. We need positive support.

    March 25, 2011 at 16:14 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. barelyliving

    i tested positive 3days before my 21 bday ive always protected myself and always got tested and gave the doubt that my partner did also he didnt the condom broke and now i suffer.....everyday since the news ive have thought about killing myself asking myself why should i live who gone to accept me for me now only my mom knows cause i cant face my friends if it wasnt for her and God id end it today but i pray there is a true cure not just spot light for the media.....my life just started and i feel dead inside,,,

    March 27, 2011 at 12:52 | Report abuse | Reply
    • H

      you are not alone.same thing happened to me a year ago. I feel you ,it is hard for me too.everyday I wake up I think about this thing over and over ,nonstop,constantly, the hard part is when you realizing that this is lifelong infection,it is kiling me too.I was very happy ,outgoing and friendly man,but this thing killed me, every positive feeling I had about this life is gone .it is total disaster for me,for me it is end of everything . I am not spending anytime my friends anymore,i am not going out,not happy,there is no smile on myface , I am locked up in my room day by day ,hoping the breakthrough will happen soon,but it is not.More time passes up ,more and more I am realizing that there is no miracle is going to happen.I m sorry i am saying this to you ,but it is what it is.my advice to you is take one day at a time.it will work.

      March 27, 2011 at 19:38 | Report abuse |
  19. brandi

    I am now 21 I've been dealing with herpes 2 since I was 16 !! I've only broke out twice..and they were both horrible and scary!! I was so upset when the doc told me I def have it I bursted into tears ..n on top of that I was going through so much emotion!!! And my ex now who was the one that gave it to me tried to say I cheated with him on his friend! ! Can u believe that! ! Which I rreally didn't but for those that. Have been diagnosed keep your head up it'll get better and to b honest not very many of the other boyfriends I've had didn't mind dating me ..but people will say stuff bout you...and it hurts specially if they were ur good friends! But be honest and tell every next partner have respect unlike that person that gave it to u! Because everyone I've dated I've told damn near right off the bat! I just really hope that they come out with a cure soon cuz its very depressing to get and can ruin people's lives...keep your head up!!!!

    March 28, 2011 at 03:42 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. Toomuch

    When i caught this disease i had a outbreak a week later i went to the doctor and got tested for everything and she called me back 3days later with my results that i had herpes my heart stopped after she told me i would live with this for the rest of my LIFE i cried days and nights i havent told my parents or my friends im scared and embarrassed i didnt ask for this and if i would have known i would have never layed there i told the boy i got it from to go get checked he didnt seem serious so i came to the conclusion that he already knew it hurts me soooo bad THAT I DIDNT ASK FOR THIS I DIDNT ASK FOR HERPES i cry everyday because im tired of going through im 21 i should be able to be free of all my worrries and everything else this is just the beginning of my life i just started...why cant there be a cure just like there is one for other std's...this is taking over my body though it cant kill you like AIDS but still i have bad days when nothing matters im just upset at the world because of that one mistake when will this be over?? i need a MIRACLE a CURE a BLESSING something

    March 30, 2011 at 12:22 | Report abuse | Reply
    • barely living

      i can feel your pain i made 21 on monday and dealing with this the only person ive told is my mom and she try and keep me smiling everyday but it still dont stop my while im in the car alone thinking about wrapping my car into the freeway walls but them i stop and speak with God and ask what is this im going through and why is this a master plan.....i dont know what to do im to young for this and dont feel like no guy will accept me for me so.....i just pray someone care about us living with the horrible std that they make a cure

      March 30, 2011 at 21:27 | Report abuse |
    • West2East84

      I haven’t read all 700 some odd posts so I don’t know what the consensus is. But what i can say is, i too recently found out I have HSVII, It has seriously negatively affected my life, relationships and motivation to do anything productive. I’m embarrassed, alone, and heartbroken. I realize i made bad decisions but you know what? I am thankful it isn’t anything worse. I could have found out i had HIV or Hep C. that would have ultimately destroyed my life. I praise God he watched over me enough to protect me from those infections. I also learned i passed it unknowingly to my gf of a year. I didn’t even know i had it when we started dating. She now has it and at first obviously there was some tension. But she trusts i didn’t know and loves me so much and said it won’t affect our future together. ITs like something we both can deal with together vs being completely alone. I think there are worse tragedies in the world. I have become more aware of things, more aware of my faith in God, and have re dedicated my life to a moral code. I workout more, and am more concerned about what i put into my body. I have heard a healthy diet, vitamins, and working out regularly reduces outbreaks and their severity. So in a sense this whole thing has caused me to live a healthier lifestyle. It’s just one hurdle i had to face and get over. i think in ten years they will have a cure, but even if they don’t I’m fine with knowing that i can mentally overcome its effects. 1 in 4 has it, most people are aware of it even though it’s kind of a taboo subject. I actually have a friend who i told about it. she said not to let it affect me negatively, she’s like if things don’t workout with you and the gf I’m sure you will find a loving healthy girl that will accept you for the great man you are and deal with it. I have learned its not always a deal breaker in relationships as long as it comes out up front and early. so there is always a light at the end of the tunnel. Keep your heard up you’re not alone.

      April 2, 2011 at 21:47 | Report abuse |
  21. Scared as well

    I agree with alll the other posts why isn't there a cure? The medicine suppresses symptoms but doesn't stop the spread. We all have to stick together, stay prayerful, keep our immune systems up, stay active and positive. a website called earthclinic . com may help some with speeding up outbreaks. Having HSV 2 orally has hindered my life in alot of ways but I got to keep going on with life. I can't allow myself to become depressed.

    March 31, 2011 at 08:03 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. i need help

    i dont normally like reading but i have no problem reading other peoples post about there situation with herpes. i dislike herpes i have been getting them since i was young i actually have a picture of me when i was about six years old with one on my lip. they didn't start affecting me till i was at least in jr high well now i just hide every time i get one. i kind of live a normal life i just fear the i will wake up with a cold sore. every morning i always feel my lips ito see if i have one which most of the time i don't but those are those 3to4 times a year where i wake up and want to die and wish i didn't have to go to school. From what i hear this is what kinds of food you should stay away from: Milk chocolate, soda most likely diet, any types of nuts, lemon, limes, chips,and recently heard whitening toothpaste i could eliminate that.i take these pills called Lysine their suppose to reduce but i'am not sure if they really work. because i have one right now, but i was out in the sun for a long time and my face got really burnt. this weekend i'am going to make sure i take sun screen and lip balm. well really helps me is being friends with people that get them as well it helps make you feel more comfortable. so what is the ratio of people that actually get them.

    April 1, 2011 at 20:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. Alivia Toway

    I am relieved to see this. Even if it does take ten years or longer. At least there is a possible chance for a cure. Im only in college under 20 and i trusted this one guy. He never told me that he was infected with HSV 2 and i was at risk. Now, i no longer associate with him. I do forgive him, and im praying for him as well. I have faith in this cure. Im ready for a normal stress free life again. I know its coming!!

    April 3, 2011 at 23:51 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. Singleforyears

    They want us sad and lonely, forever. Drug companies

    April 5, 2011 at 04:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. Craig Coote

    I think people need to lokk further into funding for this virus because it seriously effects many people including myself. It greatly effects my life & a cure needs to be made as soon as possible.

    April 7, 2011 at 11:39 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. Craig Coote

    I read every ones blog...itz move to know I'm not alone...a cure is needed...i pray every night...if anyone wants to talk my line iz open...email me for my #....Craig4rmdabx@aol.com

    April 7, 2011 at 12:33 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. Faith in our creator

    I know God loves us all and there is a good reason for Herpes. Of course we as human beings will never be able to comprehend his plans for us. This illness can be cured by Jesus and him alone. Do not rely on the human race to resolve anything. Jesus has healed the blind and paralyzed, herpes is nothing. I know everyone, in some point in time becomes depressed or frustrated. Pray everyday and Jesus will heal.. 😉 spend the word

    April 10, 2011 at 20:58 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. Faith in our creator

    Correction...... spread the word. lol

    April 10, 2011 at 20:59 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. Brian

    If 1 in 5 carry the disease, that means more than likely doctors, scientists, pharmacists are people also infected too. I do agree this is weird situation. You have no real reason for the Government to care about an "inconvenience," but so many people affected, you would think there would be more focus. Especially given it's not so much the physical scars that are ripping folks apart, but the mental stigmatisms attached to Herpes...but as a person with herpes, yes the irritation sucks too. I just dont let it control my life – you still have live. Many of us are professionals, with children and simply do our best to live our lives...which really isnt any different if you are infected or not infected. It's not cancer, it's not life threatening...but it is serious to the point where we need to conscientious of our decisions....but it's not stopping me from having drinks with my friends, flirting with pretty woman, going on vacation and enjoying life. With that said, funding seems a bit interesting topic – one one hand we have 20% of the population impacted and no one willing to send money to fund this research? My guess is it is embarrassing and no one want to be associated it with the disease. Funny actors champion AIDS, but not herpes...all it would take is a strong spokesperson and to let people feel like it's an ok subject to talk about publically...Just like AIDS. If that happened, this 10 year cure timeline would be cut in half or faster.

    April 12, 2011 at 16:30 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. There is hope- listen up people

    I have suffered with this nasty disease for 5 years now. I can count the number of people I've slept with on my right hand and by no means slept around or did anything else that HSV II is commonly associated with. I can faithfully give some good pointers that have helped me stay outbreak free for quite some time now. I used to get outbreaks very very frequently...every other month or so and became very depressed. I did some research and found my own way of fighting it.

    Here are the tools that work for me- maybe they will work for you too!
    1. Educate yourself . http://www.herpes.com/Nutrition.shtml <– go to this website and read the chart stay as far away as possible from foods high in arginine. Eat more foods high in Lysine ( yogurt, cheese, fruits and veggies)

    2. Take the following: 1000 mg Lysine tablets ( 1 tablet- with every meal or three times per day) DO NOT take more than 1000 mg at a time or it will give u the runs.

    3. Valtrex helps...a lot. Take 1 – 500mg tablet per day or thrice per day during active outbreaks

    4. Order dynamiclear- it's expensive but will last forever and is a miracle drug. Warning, it burns like the devil but it's well worth it I promise. In the event you ever get an outbreak put it on (only apply once) and it will be gone in 3 days. It also destroys the virus and depletes the amount of virus that retreats back to your cells making outbreaks weaker with every application.

    5. In general and especially during outbreaks stay the heck away from alcohol, get enough sleep, and try not to stress. Those 3 things will seriously affect the time your body's defenses take to combat the virus.

    6. Vitamins. Other good suppliments to add to your diet include, garlic, echinacea, red marine algae, korean ginseng, daily multi vitamin, zinc and shots of wheat grass.

    These tips plus, generally taking care of yourself should really help combat outbreaks. Good luck!

    April 12, 2011 at 22:57 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. Melody

    There is hope- I would like to add to the list lauricidin, oregano oil P73. I am doing some research on pau d'arco right now and it sound promising. For topical use, hydrogene peroxide, apple cider vinegar, tea trea oil, aloe vera, zinc cream margarite.
    Different things work for different people.

    April 15, 2011 at 08:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. SANDY

    has anyone heard of lectroject? according to their site its suppose to cure 85% of people with herpes.so very much money.afraid it might not work.I am so sick of having herpes.I don't have break outs,but feel know one will ever want me,it never bothered me untill i told someone i was going to date.his reaction made me feel so bad about myself.but i do still keep telling myself that i am great.i exersize daily.eat a health diet,and do try to be kind to other people.

    April 15, 2011 at 19:08 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Bambino

      I work in a doctor's office for women and you would be astonished how many women have herpes-some with bothersome symptoms and some not so much. Don't EVEN think twice about the loser you were going to date and he reacted ignorantly to your openness about the condition. Good riddance. It's just a virus that's out there and people get it. It doesn't diminish your personal value and worth by one iota. It was bad timing, or whatever. You just keep doing your thing and eventually you'll find someone mature enough to love you for who you are and is capable of educating himself about how to avoid the virus. Stay cool-

      April 20, 2011 at 00:14 | Report abuse |
  33. Melody

    Sandy- Lectroject doesn't work, it's an other scam. Some people from the hubpages have tried it with no luck.

    April 15, 2011 at 22:32 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. SANDY

    Thanks Melody for the feedback.I was really trying to figur out how to come up with the money for this .What a disapointment it would of been.which I don't need another one of those right now.I might call or find a dr. hopefully in the area that knows more about this.These false claims are coming from africa.It makes me wonder.How do these people get away with this stuff.300.00 dollors is alot of money.

    April 16, 2011 at 07:45 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. H-uman beingj

    Interesting article. But your life is not over.....dont worry. There is support for that misfortune in more places than 1.

    April 19, 2011 at 12:53 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. Latasha Jackson

    This is riduculous there should have been a cure for herpes, besides the creams that will stop it from hurting. too many ppl are suffering from this virus, emotionally and physically. the vaccine need to hurry up and come out because i have to many friends that are hurt and infected by thus virus

    April 19, 2011 at 23:25 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. I hope this helps some of you, its gold for me.

    Normally I do not go out of my way to post things like this but after reading some of your posts I thought I might help. FYI this pertains to HSV1 (which I've had since I was a child, who knows how I got it, curse them!!! just kidding, it's likely self inoculation, anyways..) this may pertain to HSV-2 as well. As an adolescent cold sores were a regular thing for me, likely as a result of stress of puberty, school, bad diet, etc. At one point my entire lip broke out, it was the only time that had ever happend, but it was sore after sore after sore for about a week straight that kept me indoors for about 3 weeks of my summer, Lord knows I didn't want to hang with frieds. Dr gave me valtrex and zync cream, which hardly did anything. Currently 24 y.o. and my outbreaks have been drastically reduced, In fact I think I went almost two years without a cold sore in 2007-2008. How did I do it? Well after graduating highschool my diet got a lot better, I went on to play college sports so my diet and working out were a huge part of my life. On top of that, picking up on what worked and what didn't helped me figure out a way to reduce outbreaks as well as severity when I do break out. Here are some tips for you: #1. DIET, sweet potatoes, eggs, milk, cottage cheese ( dairy contains high amount of lysine), eggs, spinach, brocolli, chicken breas- stay away from nuts. Why these foods? Immune system, outbreaks are all about immune system. SWEET POTATOES believe it or not are immune system SUPERFOOD, your immune system loooves sweet potatoes as well as those other greens, they are also jam packed with B vitamins. Why dairy and no nuts: Lysine vs Arginine (both amino acids), HSV-1 requires Arginine to become active. Lysine and Arginine have a inverse relationship, they are housed and stored in cells is the same places, therefore, when you pack your body full of Lysine it takes up that space arginine would also like to fill, in doing so you will sufficiently lower the amount of available Arginine that HSV uses for activity, this is why Lysine is a common remedy out there. Dairy contains a lot of lysine, nuts contain a lot of Arginine. Next, Exercise. Exercise does a few things, mainly for cold sores, it is a natural stress reliever. After exercising, endorphines are released, giving you a natural high, literally. This puts you in a better mood and takes away stress, it also of course keeps your body strong and healthy. Healthy and strong body function will ultimately lead to better imune system functioning. Sleep, get plenty of sleep because your body recovers most while you sleep, keeping that immune system strong because your body isn't over stressed nor is your mind. So what about when you do break out? When you first realize you are getting one, the FIRST thing you want to do is ICE IT, for a long time. Put the ice in a bag, this helps keep out a lot of moisture, just hold the ice to the area for about 10 minutes, wait 10 or so and then ice it some more. Literally Ice is for as long as much as you can for the first day and you will likely completely stop the formation of a blister because your cell metabolism slows so much that the virus basically goes back to where is came from. When i first discovered Ice it was a miracle, since then I've never had a sore as severe as they were prior to using this method. Also, do not take this first day of onset for granted, if you can, sit at home resting and icing the area as much as possible. Consider this, your breaking out = you immune system is weakened = you rest so that your body can focus on reaching the immunity it normally resides at. So resting, my #2 inhibitor of cold sores, is critical, call in sick for work or school if you have it, it will make a huge difference if you can treat it for that first day. #3 LYSINE, you can pick up cheap and I mean cheap lysine at wal mart or anywhere else that sells vitamins. Start popping lysine like its going out of style, 3000-5000mg a day, keep in mind this is not healthy to do for long periods of time, so only do it for 1-2 days max and drink plenty of water. #4 ICE MORE (again, with the ice in a ziplock bag), #5 keep it dry, dont lick or fondle with the area as it will only irritate the area more and possibly spread it. #6, good diet still, keep eating those good foods, milk, cottage cheese SWEET POTATOES, and other good vegetables, while staying away from whole grains and nuts. I cant remember the last time I had an out break like i used to since starting these methods, and I have fairly large lips which were prone to large and multiple blisters. If you ice it properly for the first day or two you will likely keep the thing from forming. Sometimes if you are gettign them at night it is necessary to stay up a little later to ice it for as long as you can and then icing it again in the morning because the virus can rebound if you dont ice it long enough. #7 Do not exercise, work, stress yourself. While you exercise your immune system is temporarily lowered, IF YOU HAVE AN OUTBREAK (key thing here is IF YOU ALREADY HAVE ONE) and go exercise the virus will thrive and become active easily, however, dont confuse this with exercising while you dont have an outbreak, these are two very different cases. Exercising without cold sore outbreaks is a good thing, with a cold sore -bad thing. #8 Lastly, Aleve, its expensive as hell, but it really does help speed the healing, and after icing it, healing goes by in about 2-3 days max with minimal damage SOOOOO all in all. LONG TERM LIFE CHANGES THAT WILL HELP you should make, #1 Healthy Diet (you should be doing this anyways out of respect for your body) #2 Exercise – try and get 5 days a week in, make it a lifestyle (you can go back to being lazy when your done, i do). SHORT TERM SEVERITY REDUCING TIPS #1.ICE ICE ICE # REST (stay home, call in sick, so you can ice it) #3 LYSINE, I was skeptical, but it really does stop it from forming. #4. DIET eat health #5 – everythign else, keep it dry, use Aleve, dont exercise... I hope this helps some of you. I literally got the first cold I've had in about 9 months a week ago after battling strep throat, icing it, resting, and popping lysine just dominated it, along with aleve. I suggest you guys try it. Again, this is after years and years of dealing with this BS virus 3-5 times a year between ages ~5-18 to about 1-2 a year with very little severity and about 2-4 day heal time from 18-present 24 years old.

    April 25, 2011 at 04:34 | Report abuse | Reply
    • hugo

      txs melody i just find out that im positive with hsv,the dr wants to see me tomorrow ,i dont know nothing abouth these but, im looking fwrd to these.i read your post and im following your , recomendations.

      May 2, 2011 at 19:35 | Report abuse |
    • hugo

      sorry I put txs melody . but thank you for your help!

      May 2, 2011 at 19:48 | Report abuse |
  38. Still_Alive

    I read Sam de Brito's article on herpes and it made me feel better. It's not the end of the world.

    http://blogs.smh.com.au/executive-style/allmenareliars/2010/10/26/herpes.html

    April 26, 2011 at 12:51 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. Still_Alive

    I read Sam de Brito's article on herpes and it made me feel better. It's not the end of the world.
    Oh and be sure to read the posts after the article:

    http://blogs.smh.com.au/executive-style/allmenareliars/2010/10/26/herpes.html

    April 26, 2011 at 12:52 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. Jen

    It is so horrible that we live in a society that will allow people to suffer so greatly sitting in the darkness of their room never to go outside again, or go on vacations, lose relationships, lose jobs, not follow their passion; all in the name of greedy pharmaceutical CEO's. They should be ashamed of themselves, all who are involved. And although I do not wish anything bad on anyone, it is more than likely that they will suffer GREATLY somehow, sometime, and unfortunately they deserve it.

    What a shame.......

    April 27, 2011 at 10:56 | Report abuse | Reply
  41. Heather

    I am angry that there's no cure for herpes. I work with children and its really sad to see the ones that have hsv1 on their lips being isolated from the other children. This disease affects all and society doesn't care. One of my best childhood friends contracted genital herpes from a "man" when she was 16. He was older than her by at least 15 years and he lied to her about being disease free. I feel bad to this day for my friend, she was terribly abused and emotionally scarred from her abusive mother as a child and just wanted someone to love her. She recently committed suicide and although I know the inner battle she was going through had a lot to do with it, I can't help but to think herpes added to her depression. WHY???

    April 27, 2011 at 18:03 | Report abuse | Reply
  42. Paisan

    The reason why there is so little funding to find a cure is because nobody is dying from herpes. Sad but true.

    April 27, 2011 at 19:31 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. Beautiful*Nightmare

    Finding this site and seeing how I'm not alone in this makes me feel better,, while other stories break my heart. I don't even know wheree to beginn!! I just recently caught hsv2 from my ex. I'm only 22,, I neverr dreamedd this would happenn to me. My ex and I just passed our year anv. of being together.. we were having sooo many problems. I decided to leave,, && I did. And now this!! I cried for days. I still cry. Around the last week he'd fooled around w/another girl that I'm guessing kneww she had it. He says he has no idea who she was,, just some girl he met at a club! I'm so angry at him. I could kill both of them if I had the guts too!! Instead,, since I have a heart.. I cut him off. I don't think a person like him deserves even a peiceee of my heart. Somee days I can't even cope,, && my moods change. Other days I feel normal,, likee the disease is not even theree. I act like my normal goofy self,, && I'm nice. Thenn when I'm alonee or some reallyy cute guy tries to talk to me guess what runs through my mindd.. The disease!! && I'm back to being mad at the world && I get very emotional. Whyy Me?? I have 2 daughters,, I don't deserve thisss!! I workk hard for what I havee && I have a very good heart! It isn't fair. But all I can do is move forward,, even though I don't even knoww where to beginn. Although my daughters are what keep me goingg!! I lovee them w/ALL my heart. No one deserves to go through this,, to feel empty && alonee. I hope and pray there will somedayy be a curee for thiss/uss!! 😦

    April 28, 2011 at 03:56 | Report abuse | Reply
  44. Beautiful*Nightmare

    I guess maybe everything happens for a reason. And eventhoughh having this disease sux,, It must be apart of gods plan.. Right?? But why put us through thiss in the path of our lives. Idk I guess all I/we can do is deal with it. I mean I feel completely normal,, I guess It's just the fact of knowingg I have hsv2 is what kills me!! The onlyy, ppl that know are my ex of course, my mom & both my sisters. I'm afraid of being alonee. But I'll never get to know a man,, and later just be likee " Just ta let you knoww I have an std do you still wannaa be with me?" Nooo I'd never have the guts for that. I was always shy to begin with,, I'll never be open about this!! So I guess I will be alonee. 😦 I really wish I had someone to talk about this with. Someone who is going through the same thing. Cuz yeah I can talk to my mom or sisters but they don't really ever have anything to say back to me. I think they feel sorry for me && they dont really seem to want to talk about it with me. Their I guess maybe hurt seeing me go through this. Through the mood swings,, the pain,, the hurt,, the stress && all the shed tearsss. 😥

    April 28, 2011 at 23:04 | Report abuse | Reply
    • hugo

      hey beautiful nightmare i read your post, and you r not alone , they just call me and toll me that I m positive with hsv, tomorrow I have a dr appointment and I dont know nothing abouth these, Im in shock, i have two kids like you , I love them,but these is killing me not to be able to kiss them, im so sad, but Im glad that im not alone , we just need to be positive.

      May 2, 2011 at 19:42 | Report abuse |
    • Beautiful*Nightmare

      Thanks Hugo. I know now that I'm not alonee. I sometimes wish this was all a dreamm. But if it was then I must still be sleeping. Hsv2 might not be killing me but it's sucking the life out of me. I noticed I have been sleeping alot!! Especially on my days off from work. That's not good! It's even hard being at work. It was cute and hilarious how coworkers and customers would try and talk and flirt. They made it obvious. The more I blew them off the more they tried. But now it's awkward for me when they just come around and conversate. And it gets worse when the flirting starts or when they ask for my number. Anytime that happens I say that I have a bf even though I Don't!! It's just so hard rightnow,, But I guess maybe cuz this is just the beginning. And I don't know what to expect or how to act about having this disease. May God be with us all. And I will never stop having faith and hope for there will be a cure for all of us someday. I know in my heart no matter if it takes the 10 or some odd years! :'-/

      May 3, 2011 at 18:46 | Report abuse |
  45. John Thomas

    The Cure is being suppressed by the Pharmaceutical companies who are making billions off valtrax and other prescription medication. There will never be a cure – because billions of dollars will be lost. I personally have not had a herpes breakout in over 3 years after reading "Cures they Don't Want you To know about."

    May 1, 2011 at 19:45 | Report abuse | Reply
  46. Melody

    Ok People... internet dating. hmates.com; h-date.com; mpwh.net and there is many others if google.
    Good luck!

    May 1, 2011 at 19:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  47. Melody

    "Cures they don't want you to know about" is by Kevin Trudeau... Major scam artist. He has also written books like free money from the government or some type of similar non sens. Not only his books crap, but he has also been charged with credit card fraud, I believe he has even been in jail. When you google him, the amount of bad reports on that man is outrageous. I would really keep my credit card away from his company, and stay miles away from him. John Thomas do work him? Stop trying to scam people that are already going through a lot. It's disgusting!

    May 1, 2011 at 21:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  48. Rhiannon Lynn Martin

    what was the name of the book about sugar.and i would like to see show about how much person life change as they transtion from male to female,plus prolbems with deal with our minds.the help we never get.

    May 2, 2011 at 19:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  49. Jason

    Supposedly they understand the virus enough to make a cure, but the pharmaceutical companies have zero incentive to cure it since they would lose billions in treatment meds. There is no public drive to cure it since it doesn't kill anyone. Our governments have let us down big time, there should be a cure available now.

    Plz donate to the Duke University division that is trying to cure this. With funding they could banish this horrid virus.

    May 6, 2011 at 00:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  50. Jason

    Getting this virus was the worst thing that has ever happened to me. It's always on my mind, and you can't ever tell anyone. Girls are interested in me and want to go out with me, but that part of life is pretty much over because you know they will run for the hills once you tell them, even though it's not THAT bad. Of all the many bad things that have befallen me, this one really killed my spirit. I know they can find a cure if there was enough will.

    Everyone plz donate for this cause.

    May 6, 2011 at 00:39 | Report abuse | Reply
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