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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.

Editor's Note: Medical news is a popular but sensitive subject rooted in science. We receive many comments on this blog each day; not all are posted. Our hope is that much will be learned from the sharing of useful information and personal experiences based on the medical and health topics of the blog. We encourage you to focus your comments on those medical and health topics and we appreciate your input. Thank you for your participation.


Filed under: Expert Q&A • Sex • Virus

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  1. Shelly

    Does anyone knows if the juice diet works? Have anyone tried it ?

    February 6, 2012 at 17:45 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Shelly

    Does anyone know if the juice remedy works?

    February 6, 2012 at 17:47 | Report abuse | Reply
    • bw

      I haven't tried the juice yet if you would like to try Everyday Detox promotes Healthy Liver Function Made with Organic Dandelion Root Herbal Dietary Supplement All Natural Herbal Tea it works don't know if it will cure it. I buy it at the health food store.

      February 8, 2012 at 12:47 | Report abuse |
  3. L-Lysine

    if you want a cure just take L-Lysine. It is better then any other drugs and just take it when you feel that you going to have an outbreak.

    February 9, 2012 at 14:36 | Report abuse | Reply
    • guy me

      L-Lysine is anti erection for men when taken. It is good for females to take though

      February 20, 2012 at 11:44 | Report abuse |
    • josephhudugins17

      I suffered for 2 years with genital herpes from an ex that didn't even know she had it. I was depressed for a long time and finally got tired of taking a stupid pill just so the burning feeling would go away. I did some research one day and came across a product that "CLAIMED" to fix herpes in one minute. I check it out and you know what they weren't lying. I went from having 4 break outs a year to only one and that is after 8 months of using this formula. You have to see this ==>

      https://twitter.com/#!/1minherpescure
      .

      May 8, 2012 at 04:54 | Report abuse |
    • sunyjojo

      Living with Herpes is really hard, especially when you are a single. According to a report from the largest Herpes singles dating site herpessupport.net, 98% of its members who used to be on a general dating site to find the love and support were rejected by others. That could be the reason that why herpessupport.net is so popular and now has more than 650,000 members.

      May 17, 2012 at 22:14 | Report abuse |
    • stdpalcom

      there are several ways to manage the outbreak. Now, almost 2 years later, I'm in a great place. I hardly ever get any outbreaks, I have a great support network of friends on a largest herpes support dating site HerpesandDating.net. So Stop thinking that way!

      May 17, 2012 at 22:44 | Report abuse |
  4. pegasusf

    I am a successful entrepreneur and would like to donate 1 million dollars to this research. I am also beginning to organize my own fund to help raise more money to this cause as well. The problem is to what organization or to whom do I donate these funds to. I am aware of the drug company politics so I need to step carefully. If you are a scientist in this field feel free to contact me: pegasusf8@gmail.com
    Serious emails only please. And I will not reply to bogus leads.

    March 1, 2012 at 12:17 | Report abuse | Reply
    • bruce jordan

      your help and concearn is so very appreciated (understatement) my children, my wife and I have the virus!...please!..stay on the path for a cure! It's the children, they did nothing to deserve this, my negligence in practicing safe sex has scorned us all!..I am by no means rich, but would donate what ever I could if you leave information!....thank you soooo much, Bruce,

      March 7, 2012 at 19:34 | Report abuse |
    • Heather

      Pegasusf-
      If you are indeed serious about your donation, thank you. I am a victim of spousal betrayal, and I do have the virus now. It is difficult to deal with, and I am just waiting for the day for a true cure! It's very embarassing living w this virus. Again, if you are serious,and will make this donation, Thank you! You are much appreciated! Heather

      March 23, 2012 at 21:03 | Report abuse |
    • CL

      Bless you for donating to the development of a cure. I've been waiting to hear about some hope for freedom from this disesase. I look forward to the cure!!!

      April 1, 2012 at 18:22 | Report abuse |
    • Diana

      http://www.herpescureresearch.org/

      April 2, 2012 at 13:32 | Report abuse |
    • plsfindacure

      Pegasus – this man seems serious
      Bryan Cullen, the director at the Center for Virology at Duke University
      bryan.cullen@duke.edu
      I am happy to be a guinea pig too

      May 12, 2012 at 22:09 | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      I would contact the above mentioned leading scientist in this case: Bryan Cullen, the director at the Center for Virology at Duke University

      May 13, 2012 at 12:19 | Report abuse |
    • sunyjojo

      You are not alone even though you have herpes. Find others with herpes singles at site named HerpesSupport.net you may be upset and think your sexual life is over. However, once you settle down and learn the facts, you'll realize that having herpes is not the end of the world, and it's not the end of your social life.

      May 17, 2012 at 22:16 | Report abuse |
    • cjma

      HI there. I'm just a regular guy who is dealing with this virus. It hasn't been easy but I don't want to become a victim of it. I want to help find a solution. I was thinking on creating a fundrising but have no experience. My background is architecture. But it seems like you have. I would like to volunteer to help in you fundrising efforts if possible.
      Thanks

      June 5, 2012 at 15:56 | Report abuse |
    • Dina

      I would love to see a cure some day, and I am holding my breath, but I don't think that the medical industry will allow it to happen. They benefit from selling medications that help prevent or decrease outbreaks. The profit from these medications is most likely higher than what the profit from a cure would be. I hope I am wrong.

      June 17, 2012 at 21:40 | Report abuse |
    • tiffany

      gm...if u're serious bout donating to find a cure....y don't u contact the leading herpes expert, Bryan Cullen, the director at the Center for Virology at Duke University, whose mentioned in the above artice. i have recently been diagnosed with type 2 and need a cure FAST! i hate that i was so ignorant and careless in contracting this uncurable disease. my email is bensont93@yahoo.com. keep me updated...thx!

      June 22, 2012 at 10:54 | Report abuse |
    • Sammy

      * found this article...it names a researcher at Duke University that is working on this with limited funds..hope this is helpful...

      02:33 PM ET
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      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.

      Editor's Note: Medical news is a popular but sensitive subject rooted in science. We receive many comments on this blog each day; not all are posted. Our hope is that much will be learned from the sharing of useful information and personal experiences based on the medical and health topics of the blog. We encourage you to focus your comments on those medical and health topics and we appreciate your input. Thank you for your participation.

      Filed under: Expert Q&A • Sex • Virus

      June 24, 2012 at 23:42 | Report abuse |
    • Dina

      If this post is legitimate, you can search for the man in the article: 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.

      July 27, 2012 at 01:19 | Report abuse |
    • Dina

      I also found this: http://www.agenusbio.com/docs/pr/2011/0926.pdf
      A company working on a cure

      July 27, 2012 at 02:04 | Report abuse |
  5. b

    DONATE Website http://www.herpesresearchcure.org

    March 3, 2012 at 01:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Sam

    There is a cure for this condition if interested please contact me through email at eskkay27@yahoo.com

    March 6, 2012 at 17:09 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Gary

      A cure? How? what is this cure can you not just post it on here? Please for the love of God tell us!

      March 6, 2012 at 22:53 | Report abuse |
    • Gary

      A cure? How? what is this cure can you not just post it on here? Please

      March 6, 2012 at 22:53 | Report abuse |
    • Samson

      There's no cure, he's merely interested in selling you some hokery.

      April 10, 2012 at 11:38 | Report abuse |
    • JJ

      Please share your cure

      May 29, 2012 at 12:00 | Report abuse |
    • Dina

      If you have the cure, why don't you simply post the information on here? has anyone contacted this person and tried this cure?

      July 27, 2012 at 01:21 | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      UpDate – This remedy is no longer available as the researcher is no longer in this field. I do not know further information.

      November 25, 2013 at 17:15 | Report abuse |
  7. XIOMARA

    WELL MY QUESTION IS WHEN WILL BE A CURE FOR HERPES I THINK IF THEY CUT FIND SOME THING TO KILL THE CELL VIRUS OR SOME THING

    March 13, 2012 at 23:00 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. xiomara

    SAM I THINK YOU ARE TAKING ADVANTAGE OF DESPRES PEOPLE AND THAS NOT NICE

    March 13, 2012 at 23:03 | Report abuse | Reply
    • mechahere

      don't upset by herpes. Please check herpesanddating.com. It is a very popular herpes dating site

      May 17, 2012 at 22:19 | Report abuse |
    • stdpalcom

      stdsingle. com is a popular herpes daitng site

      May 17, 2012 at 22:48 | Report abuse |
  9. rain

    My now ex boyfriends negligence in safe sex and negligence in being faithful has caused me to be scorned with this disease of what feels like a curse. My job is unsatisfied with my work lately because some days when I have an outbreak its too severe to the point Im in too much pain to work. I haven't even really gotten to experience the world of dating, I feel like I can't even look my own self in the mirror anymore. He broke up with me, and I took it harsh not only for the fact that I loved him for over 6 years and we were high school sweethearts or so I thought, but more so because he lefte with something I can't get rid of and he's the one who infected me but got rid of me and told me I was taking the situation and making a big deal of it.. He didn't give me the right to choose if I wanted to deal with this consequence. I thought I could trust him. Now every time I want to date a guy and have sex I have to have a long embarrassing talk about the risks they're taking when dealing with me.

    March 17, 2012 at 04:30 | Report abuse | Reply
    • James sawyer

      Contact me at jamessawyerslife@gmail.com I have gone through the same thing. My gf gave me this and now I'm left with this scar forever. Maybe we can talk ecause it's a lonely world with this.

      March 20, 2012 at 08:10 | Report abuse |
    • violette

      I also have it and was given it in my last relationship of three years. When I broke out with it a year into the relationship we had him tested too and he tested positive so we didn't worry about our sex life except the inconvenience of the outbreaks I had. Now he has broken up with me and I know I will not feel comfortable being with someone who is not also infected. I have found out that there are a number of dating sites for people with herpes and once I am ready to date again that is the direction I will go. No embarrassing talks and rejection which I could not handle. Unfortunately I have found that condoms only protect to a certain extent since the virus lives in the tissue not covered by the condom and people who have never had an outbreak can spread the virus and most people who have do not know they have it. So safe sex isn't so are after all...

      March 24, 2012 at 11:52 | Report abuse |
    • Fight The Medical Industry and prove them wrong

      For all those that want to rid themselves of this disease and improve their health overall and live a longer and fuller life with an abundance of energy; a long with a better understanding of why we have diseases and degnerative disease Please feel free to e-mail me filipino.nino@gmail. I am seriously tired of people suffering because of the government, Big Pharma, and politicians wanna keep a billion dollar industry up and running. The money is never in the cure, the money is in the treatment.

      March 31, 2012 at 17:47 | Report abuse |
  10. rain

    I just hope a cure is found fast because no one deserves to go through this pain and embarrassment

    March 17, 2012 at 04:35 | Report abuse | Reply
    • doom

      I have lived with this emotional torture for over 20 years. It has destroyed my life and cost me thousands of dollars in lost opportunities and treatments. When I get depressed over this during a recurrence it affects my job performance. This stuff is hell!

      March 17, 2012 at 11:16 | Report abuse |
  11. Joe

    what I would like to know if anyone has also read this article on cureforherpes.info It says latest news for 2011 I googled it and the article comes out for 2010 has anyone really moved up in the research or are people just reprinting stores?

    March 19, 2012 at 01:51 | Report abuse | Reply
    • :)

      I went to http://www.herpescureresearch.org and there is a link "March 7th 2011 Update" with some promising information in it.

      March 22, 2012 at 12:54 | Report abuse |
  12. Heather

    I think we could all use some promising information.

    March 23, 2012 at 21:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Sylvain

    I was wondering if there was a cure for genital herpes, I,ve had this desease for about 17 years and I just want it to go away already... I'm so tired of this embarassing desease... Please. Pretty please let me know?!?

    March 24, 2012 at 21:05 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. no name

    Hi, all. I too live with the virus and was once emotionally down like some of you. I was infected by a women who was either unaware she had it or did not care that she was having an outbreak. I was wearing a condom and still was infected.

    After a lot of reading and talking to some I just learned that life goes on and the pesty virus is not the end of the world. All we have is a skin condition in which me must avoid contact with others during outbreaks. Once I did that my outbreaks reduced significantly. Go out........Date people take your meds,workout, eat right and live life. For those who cases are more severe Im sorry and wish you much luck with the battle

    March 26, 2012 at 19:54 | Report abuse | Reply
    • crystal

      I liked your comment thought you might be a good person to talk to. I was just diagnosed a month ago and have tried to be as optimistic as possible. My symptoms mild but I could really use some advice on dating and keeping partners safe. Please e-mail me at: crystalday2012@yahoo.com

      March 28, 2012 at 04:32 | Report abuse |
    • debbie

      Hello I am a mother of three beautiful sons, I alway been health conscious, alway getting all kind of tests including Hiv tests. I one day went to my GYN and ask for the herpes test. He ask me why do I want that test because that test is not required but I just wanted to know. When I found out that I had both and he explain to me that u do not know who you caught from, that u could of had the disease for over 20 years I was in shock. When I first found out I had it I told my husband that I been married for over 24 years. I feel so bad that I told him, it is like he didnot want to hear it. So I said you have to get tested too hun. He then agreed to get tested, So he has Hepres 1 I have Herpes 1 and 2. I was trying to tell him that really there is no difference. The only difference is that the public calls herpes 1 the good herpes, and herpes 2 the bad one. If you do the research there is no difference, My life has been a living hell since the rejection from my husband I feel like he hates me. I would like to know where I can get support.

      May 21, 2012 at 03:13 | Report abuse |
  15. Name

    Hello people I have herpies and about to go on my first date. I don't know how to bring it up to this person or even what she might think of my one mistake 3 years ago to louse my v card. It's the first girl that I really started to let in my life. So does any one have any tips or can anyone tell me if medavir really works thx

    March 28, 2012 at 05:11 | Report abuse | Reply
    • bs

      tried it did not work for me

      May 13, 2012 at 15:13 | Report abuse |
  16. Jane Dope

    My Neighbors And The Dogs From Hell!

    We had been having trouble for months with our neighbors and their dogs. The dogs will bark all day and all night and it does not seem to bother them.

    I have tried everything from cursing at the neighbors to calling the cops but nothing worked and it seemed like the cops felt like they had better things to do.

    I finally found a solution to this problem and I could not believe how easy it was.

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    I just popped their cd into my stereo and blasted the dog with an ultrasonic sound that humans cannot hear. It worked after one day and I was totally amazed.

    April 2, 2012 at 19:12 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. Carrie None

    I found this, could it possibly help someone? Here's a little about it and a link at the end with more info and an informative video.. check it out! Carrie

    How It Works -Treatments
    The Cure
    The device works in wave length diapason from 0.1Hz to 10 KHz. "Deta-AP13" allows for the treatment of infections as well as diseases associated with infections through programs designed for this device. The treatment program method is simple, easily accessible and does not require special training. Electromagnetic waves are able to pass through the body with ease, which is the reason for the right therapeutic effect of the device. The high precision of the wave frequency setting allows the device to target specific infections causing their elimination.
    The therapeutic effect of "Deta-AP13" device is based on the modern scientific outlook, which is described in the methodological recommendations.

    Taken from: http://www.fightherpes.com

    April 3, 2012 at 03:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. Thomas kerns

    I lived with this VIRUS for more than half my,im 44 now.Ever since that time i have researched for cures.There is many FALSE products out there,even more so online.Over the years i have lived with this on my penis and then somehow someway it had migrated to my buttocks.Back in 2000 i tried a topical cure from AUSTRAILIA called COPPER SULFATE,you put it on the outbreak and your cured...NO your NOT!.This stuff made my outbreaks spread and worsen in SEVERITY and FREQUENCY.So for the last 10+ years my life had been anything but NORMAL,Think about it,i have herpes on my ass,and now i CANNOT sweat in fear of it carrying VIRUS to rectal area.My outbreaks WERE a monthly visit until i CURED MYSELF..I was very scared on one occurance and i decided to try something and it worked.My better half suffered from Oral cold sores since she was a teen and i tried it on her and her outbreak was healed in 24 hr period.Its been 15 months since my last outbreak.I have treid to solicit Patent attorneys with offer of partnership to NO AVAIL,i also emailed MERCK's Discovery website and they basically told me they don't want my cure and the were worried about licensing issues.Again Who's in control of our world?....NOT THE PEOPLE!

    April 10, 2012 at 12:08 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Dalton

      Mr. Kerns,

      Please email me at lacyjdalton@gmail.com. I would like to know what you did to cure yourself. Thanks.

      April 11, 2012 at 11:50 | Report abuse |
    • the great

      what did u do to cure yourself?

      April 20, 2012 at 17:29 | Report abuse |
    • richard

      please email me on what u did to cure this, please please please

      May 5, 2012 at 23:30 | Report abuse |
    • The kid

      Dear Thomas kerns can you please email me with what you did or used I will be forever in your deat if it works my email is etpx012@msn.com

      May 8, 2012 at 19:01 | Report abuse |
    • Vic

      Mr. Kerns,
      May I please know what you did? thank u so much..

      May 11, 2012 at 03:52 | Report abuse |
    • star

      Mr. kern can i please get the cure ive been real depressed sometimes i think of death this is really ruining me pleaze help

      May 14, 2012 at 21:51 | Report abuse |
    • Jennifer

      Thomas, I do not want to live with this either. So what is the cure that you have found?

      May 20, 2012 at 23:32 | Report abuse |
    • Dean

      Mr Kerns,

      Please let me know what you did. I think you understand what I am feeling as well. I would deeply appreciate it if you could let me know.

      Thank you,

      Dean

      May 29, 2012 at 09:58 | Report abuse |
    • JJ

      Thomas please forward me you cure I am realy despirate (mwjch@mweb.co.za)

      May 29, 2012 at 12:11 | Report abuse |
    • Nessa

      Hello. I would like to know what you did to cure herpes. Info greatly appreciated. Please email me llalcaraz12@yahoo.com

      June 4, 2012 at 03:26 | Report abuse |
    • elisa solis

      Thomas Kerns, can you PLEASE email me with your cure. Im so depressed and desperate not for myself but because I believe I might have infected my nephew by my ignorance of this virus, PLEASE email me!!

      Hello again to Mr. Kerns, I guess it would be helpful if I give you an email address right!! By the way I'm sure everybody asking for your help would gladly compensate you for it. But like a said for me it's about my little nephew I don't want him to go through this PLEASE have a heart (efarias64@gmail.com)

      June 16, 2012 at 16:00 | Report abuse |
    • Caneman

      Hi Thomas

      I understand your situation and totally believe that you should benefit from your findings but us sufferers would also appreciate to benefit from your success. Would you be happy to receive a private donation from myself with my oath of confidentiality for your successful treatment? I would be more than happy to reward you for your findings for my future.

      October 22, 2014 at 17:42 | Report abuse |
  19. the great

    what did you do to cure yourself email me greatest_man_alive29@yahoo.com

    April 20, 2012 at 17:30 | Report abuse | Reply
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    Wow, superb blog layout! How lengthy have you been blogging for? you make blogging look easy. The entire glance of your site is fantastic, let alone the content material!

    April 21, 2012 at 20:26 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. baw

    Has anyone tried the underground cure?

    April 24, 2012 at 01:24 | Report abuse | Reply
    • baw

      I feel different already 4 weeks into this plan

      May 7, 2012 at 09:57 | Report abuse |
    • JJ

      Baw please share your cure

      May 29, 2012 at 12:13 | Report abuse |
    • baw

      go to http://www.theunderground cure.com they explain the whole thing mms drops you have to buy online the rest you can get from the health food store

      May 30, 2012 at 10:35 | Report abuse |
    • bw

      Taking mms drops Its been a month since i started taking it still no outbreak http://www.theundergroundcure.com

      June 18, 2012 at 10:13 | Report abuse |
  22. RissaRoo

    I'm 19 years old and i just found of i have HSV-1 and I'm scared out of my witts i havent had an out break yet but I feel like now i have change my whole life for this and I hope they find a cure for it I'm praying they do but if anyone needs emotional support i'm 100% here cause i know what your going through my email it marissa_elaine@ymail.com

    April 25, 2012 at 16:08 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. christine

    i am 24 years old and i have HSV-2. i have lived with it for 2 years . i recently had an out break and i have been soo down. i could ride my horse. my friends have to drag me out of my house because i dont want to move. my friends have been really supportive of me thank goodness. when i first found out my doctor just told me and then hung up. i was like wow. no taking to me about it? so my friends had to pick me off the floor because i was crying. i feel like my life is really ruined from this. i want to date but dont want to because i have heard storys from people who have the virus and tell the other person and then get turned down. so i only wish to date and look at guys but i know i cant be with be with any of them.

    Christine

    April 25, 2012 at 18:51 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. Kyle

    Im 27 years old and due to a sorted adolescence, have been a severe sex addict. I got the virus from a woman who was brave enough to share, and although wearing protection and her not having an outbreak, I still was infected. Ive been lucky enough since to find love and am getting married soon. My confidence is renewed by her everytime I have an outbreak. Shes also worked with me very intently on my sexual addictions and has been solid support at every turn. What Im saying is, when one door closes, another opens. This virus has made me reassess my lifestyle and focus on what matters more than cheap sexual encounters, which is making deep connections with meaninful people who will love you no matter what. Everyone of us is deserving of love, and anyone who would deny you that doesnt deserve you. We can overcome, we can find true love and one day soon, we can all beat this.

    April 30, 2012 at 15:06 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. ba

    Just found out Herpes is a parasite. The health food store has stuff and herbs to kill parasites.

    May 1, 2012 at 10:51 | Report abuse | Reply
    • ba

      I have only had herpes 2 for about 8 months.Do some more research on herpes guys there is a cure if you actually take the time out to really look find were most diseases come from in your body? find out how you can feel better through foods like carrots raw vegs. and things from the health foods store cleanses if its healthy for you and other items it all a process but its well with it to feel normal again and to be happier in life.

      May 7, 2012 at 10:15 | Report abuse |
  26. ally

    Living with this monster, because that is what i consider this to be: a monster, has been the most difficult thing i have ever encountered in my short 20 years of life. I made a choice that I will regret for the rest of my life. I'm not sure how someone can get over this, or "learn to live with it." I can't shake this feeling of despair. 1 in every 5 is infected with this disease, it's a shame there is no cure. The emotional consequences of living with this are far worse than the physical.

    May 3, 2012 at 15:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. Same Boat

    I am a 30 year old guy that was infected by my ex-girlfriend and I have been "lucky" that in the past 6 years I have only had 3 breakouts where there has been any real pain or discomfort. The unfortunate part of this is that we were at the point where things were off and on several times and shortly after our last encounter I met a great girl. I unknowingly passed this on to her. I feel horrible about this because her outbreaks are more frequent and severe than mine. It is a horrible feeling to carry to know that this person who is so sweet and caring has been devastated by this. Also horrible is that I think that my ex knowingly did this because our relationship had gotten so ugly.

    May 3, 2012 at 22:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. smokingiphone

    Hey all,
    Just an update, I had posted about a free dating site that I created in order to help me deal with herpes, http://www.hsvsinglesdating.com

    When I started this site, it was just a group of friends that were involved in it, and it really helped me deal with herpes in terms of doing a lot of research and better understanding the virus. I have managed to meet such great people in the herpes community, which is really a lot bigger than what you all think, trust me you are not alone out here.

    The website that I created, is 100 percent free, has about 1000 members now, growing nicely, never will I ask an existing member of this site to pay a cent.

    Apart from offering people the oppertunity to meet in terms of dating, this site also is made to connect the community to each other, on the site I explain how to access (secret facebook groups) by secret it means that no friends can see that you belong to such groups, though many herpsters do creat fake profile pages for these groups. list of some of the facebook groups can be found here http://www.hsvsinglesdating.com/index.php?dll=Support%20Groups

    I also try to include all the events that are taking place in and around the united states, events are when fellow herpsters get together and meet in the flesh, they get to chat and make some great friends.

    For a nice page on the updates about cure research, have a look at this page, http://www.herpescure.webs.com/ was created by a guy called Wally Damron, who is really one of the most clued up people I have ever met concerning HSV.

    Also guys, please dont purchase any proclaimed cures you see off the web, they are all scams, there are herbal suplements that can reduce Outbreaks, but thats all they do, reduce Outbreaks, not cure them.

    Anyways, thats my update over and done with.

    Good luck to all of you, and really, you are not alone 😀

    May 4, 2012 at 16:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. richard

    please email me on what you did

    May 5, 2012 at 23:32 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. Monique

    Hello everyone. I know the HELL you are all going through. There is a cure! Relax, you can rid yourself of herpes.. Of course its kind of expensive but what do you have to lose? Hundreds have been cured! I am a GOD FEARING WOMAN and I wouldnt DARE lie or play about something so serious. Please, anyone, contact me for more info at smmrsmissm@aol.com. I want to help all of you.. I know what you are going through and there IS A CURE.. NOT TREATMENT, A CURE!!!

    May 8, 2012 at 23:28 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Diane

      Hi saw your blog in regarsds to cure for herpes please contact me nd let me know what the cure is.. Thank you

      May 20, 2012 at 10:34 | Report abuse |
  31. bs

    They have spermicide condoms but how is it that they don't have anything that kills all stds and whatever else?

    May 10, 2012 at 09:05 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. john

    Has anyone used the DETA-AP13 device? If so please post if it is legit or not. Thank you.

    May 12, 2012 at 09:09 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. jordan vines

    Dear Mr.Kerns if you could email me what ever you did i would be so thankful. i am an athlete and don't know what it will do to my career as well as my girlfriend is particularly depressed we don't who gave it to who but we are desperate. if you don't mind my email is vines_jordan11@yahoo.com

    May 16, 2012 at 18:58 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. Anita

    I want to donate to herpes cure research. Please reply to my comment

    May 16, 2012 at 22:37 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. Anita

    Anyone wants to donate?

    May 17, 2012 at 22:08 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. Anita

    DONATE Website: positive fish

    May 17, 2012 at 22:12 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. sunyjojo

    Having herpes is not such a major problem as contracting HIV or HPV however in the dating game herpes is still a very difficult scenario to deal with. HerpesSupport.net is designed especially for people who are suffering from any form of STD so that they can find others just like them. Not only will you find like minded people on this HIV, HPV and herpes dating site but you may just find the partner of your dreams.

    May 17, 2012 at 22:28 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. Sean

    I'm barely 20 years old and recently got it, I don't know how to deal with this still. Its very embarrassing and I just can't picture living a normal life again...This is just a nightmare for me and I hope there will be a cure very soon. Some people just don't deserve to have something like this. I never thought this would happen to me.. 😦

    May 18, 2012 at 02:03 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Emma

      I'm even younger than you... You know they say mostly it is a sexually transmitted disease? Well I have never had sex or anything like that as I want to wait till marriage or at least until I'm a bit older than I am now... My parents don't have it either. The only way I could have gotten it is one of those 'rare' – supposedly rare anyway – times when someone gets it from a public toliet seat or something like that. I feel so cursed. Just feel depressed. Haven't told anyone.

      June 14, 2012 at 12:26 | Report abuse |
  39. bc

    Try raw honey or maunka honey

    May 19, 2012 at 01:32 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. WTD

    I've had this curse since I was a child, I don't know how or where I got it. I haven't had an outbreak since I was 11 so picture in my teens, 20's then come my mid 30's I get the Depo shot & it triggers frequent out breaks. I long since stop the D.shots & thought I knew my triggers but still I am getting them. I am tired of investing money for treating it. I want to invest my money for curing it. If Dr. Cullen is serious about a cure & needs funding I will surely donate what I can. PLEASE IT IS TIME FOR A CURE FOR THIS UGLY DISEASE. PLEASE ANYONE READING THIS HELP...I FEEL LIKE I WANT TO DIE!!!

    Recently

    May 23, 2012 at 21:22 | Report abuse | Reply
  41. Ian

    Where can I donate money for research?

    May 30, 2012 at 04:29 | Report abuse | Reply
    • baw

      http://www.herpescureresearch.org

      May 30, 2012 at 10:38 | Report abuse |
  42. cant talk here

    The invention provides compositions that are useful for treating and preventing HSV infection. The compositions can be used to inhibit viral replication and to kill virally-infected cells.

    June 2, 2012 at 19:26 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. cant talk here

    The invention provides compositions that are useful for treating and preventing HSV infection. The compositions can be used to inhibit viral replication and to kill virally-infected cells.

    the CURE IS HERE JUST LOOK IN A PUBLIC PLACE

    June 2, 2012 at 19:28 | Report abuse | Reply
    • cant talk here

      uspto

      June 2, 2012 at 19:29 | Report abuse |
    • elisa solis

      What are you talking about? please explain

      June 16, 2012 at 15:58 | Report abuse |
  44. Gregory

    i have put together a bit of information covering some great topics for herpes, for support groups have a look at http://bit.ly/Lghvlk for worldwide statistics on herpes http://bit.ly/JMddBm , where does the herpes stigma come from http://bit.ly/L8XpbX How does HSV spread http://bit.ly/K5r9Xf How to prevent herpes from spreading http://bit.ly/JxfRfP different herpes medications, Generics and side effects http://bit.ly/JxfRfP How to tell someone that you have herpes http://bit.ly/M3C5JM
    Follow me on twitter https://twitter.com/#!/hsvsingles or come have a look at my facebook page on.http://fb.me/KnTiiy

    June 4, 2012 at 06:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  45. Satbir Singh

    Answer to When we will see Herpes Cure

    Explore Ayurvedic(alternative medicine) which doesn't have side effects .So many cases of HERPES viral infection has been cured by a simple herbal formulation and that too with a shortest period of timeVaidya D S Bakshi has developed this very promising formulation. Hope researchers should take up this formulation for the complete cure of Herpes viral infection.

    June 10, 2012 at 15:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  46. herbal king

    May I just say what a comfort to find an individual who truly understands what they are discussing over the internet. You definitely realize how to bring a problem to light and make it important. More and more people should check this out and understand this side of the story. I was surprised that you're not more popular given that you surely have the gift.

    June 11, 2012 at 08:53 | Report abuse | Reply
  47. Elisa Solis

    Thomas Kerns, can you PLEASE email me with your cure. Im so depressed and desperate not for myself but because I believe I might have infected my nephew by my ignorance of this virus, PLEASE email me!!

    June 15, 2012 at 17:11 | Report abuse | Reply
  48. Elisa Solis

    Hello again to Mr. Kerns, I guess it would be helpful if I give you an email address right!! By the way I'm sure everybody asking for your help would gladly compensate you for it. But like a said for me it's about my little nephew I don't want him to go through this PLEASE have a heart (efarias64@gmail.com)

    June 16, 2012 at 13:02 | Report abuse | Reply
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