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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. bw

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

    June 18, 2012 at 10:15 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. The kid

    Has anyone tryed "Allison Freeman's One Minute Herpes Cure" or is this a scam

    June 20, 2012 at 04:30 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. remedies for the gout

    How to cure gout naturally

    June 23, 2012 at 00:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Eric

    HEY EVERYONE. CHECK OUT COLLOIDAL SILVER AND ITS EFFECT ON NOT TREATING. BUT CURING HERPES!! LOOK INTO IT PEOPLE WORTH A SHOT AINT IT.

    June 23, 2012 at 17:30 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Quinn

    Colloidal silver didn't help me.

    How do we push for funding?

    June 24, 2012 at 22:35 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Donate to help find a cure

      Anyone can help fund research at the domain below. Duke University and The University of Florida both have research teams trying to find a cure.

      http://www.herpescureresearch.org/

      herpescureresearch . org

      July 12, 2012 at 12:12 | Report abuse |
  6. bw

    hi guys there are foods that have anti viral in them

    June 29, 2012 at 01:09 | Report abuse | Reply
    • amanda

      and what would those foods be???

      July 13, 2012 at 11:35 | Report abuse |
    • bw

      Onions, yogurt, turkey, shiittake mushrooms and etc

      July 14, 2012 at 02:11 | Report abuse |
  7. So cnt wait for this cure

    Im 20 years old I obtain this virus when i was 17 I dnt have many outbreaks I only get one painful bump on the out side of my virgina that occur two or three times a month..its a struggle jus knowin u have sumthing u have to live with for the rest of ur life..for as long as I had this virus my family doesnt kno my friends doesnt kno...i feel like I cn never b in a relationship....please come up with a cure ill will help u travel the world for it..when I see my doctor. She tells me how there r good men out there n u will be fine..thanks doc but wat man wants to be with a walkin virus...i never thought hw great my life was before I obtained this virus......i need that cure

    July 1, 2012 at 13:21 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Donate to help find a cure

      http://www.herpescureresearch.org/

      July 12, 2012 at 12:12 | Report abuse |
    • me too

      IIm 35 yo male and I have it also. I've had it for about 5 years, and trying to get into a relationship can be a nightmare. I hope to someday find a woman with the same thing. that would make it so much easier. Praying for a cure.

      July 16, 2012 at 16:43 | Report abuse |
    • MB

      It makes me sad to see another young person with this and i can completely relate since I also was young when the first person I was ever with gave it to me. I too felt like I would never find someone and that I was not going to be desireable anymore. But you will be surprised at how many guys are excepting of it. So far not once have I been turned down from it. Let the relationship happen and let him get to know who you are and if there is even a connection between the two of you and then have a talk. I have been in 3 relationships long term and currently in over a 2 year relationship right now. I have friends that also have it who thankfully were brave enough to tell me and it makes you not feel so alone. Keep your head up and know you are definitely not alone out here. Best of luck to you.

      July 18, 2012 at 20:48 | Report abuse |
    • Dina

      Found this: http://www.agenusbio.com/docs/pr/2011/0926.pdf

      July 27, 2012 at 02:02 | Report abuse |
    • 6 years with herpes

      hi. Ive been struggling with this virus 6 years now and i know exactly what your going through. im 31 and i havent been in a relationship since i contracted this virus. i havent told anyone and i pray for the day we can have a cure. the virus doesnt hurt me. honestly i see it kind of like acne. you eat the wrong foods and you get a pimple and if you eat the wrong foods you might get a herpes outbreak. but the stigma is unbearable. i know i will be happy someday and seeing your story so young makes me realize as a 31 year old man i need to be stronger and have faith. ending the stigma starts with us but its hard

      July 27, 2012 at 03:02 | Report abuse |
    • None

      To those of us struggling to date/marry for the next 10 years (sarcasm)... There are a couple of dating sites out there for people with HSV. Google should point you to them. Good luck

      August 19, 2012 at 01:03 | Report abuse |
    • Dennis

      I contracted this virus when I was 21. I'm 46 now and married 18 years. If you fall in love, just tell before you have sex. Use precautions/condoms. Don't let it ruin your life...

      August 25, 2012 at 10:48 | Report abuse |
    • Newb

      I'm an 18 year old and I was just diagnosed with this yesterday. i've been freaking out. Trying to find someone to blame but in the end I'm the only one to blame. I should of just stayed away from sex. especially unprotected sex. The last 5 days were the most painful period of my life. I pray to God that the cure comes ASAP. I don't know who to talk to. I told my partner. He's angry cause I prob gave it to him. I told my previous partner he said he thought he was clean and is going to go get checked today. I'm so angry at myself :/
      Sorry for the rant. but I really do hope this cure comes soon.

      September 10, 2012 at 22:57 | Report abuse |
    • ranveer

      hi. please don't be so disheartened. there are worse things out there and people are dealing with them with a lot of courage. you will find your partner, one who will understand your situation and love you unconditionally. i do not generally write comments on random blogs but i know how you feel. you will get over it trust me. just take the medicines and preventive measures regularly and it will become a routine. after a while the symptoms will go and your life should be close to what it was before you got the virus. use natural plant extracts like aloe vera. it might help. please be strong. the world is a beautiful place. enjoy it!!!!

      October 10, 2012 at 21:44 | Report abuse |
  8. lost

    Please ask the government to fund research that would bring a CURE for herpes. too many people are suffering.

    July 1, 2012 at 23:06 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Irritated

      I 2nd that Lost, It isn't manageable as Doctors & others would like to make us think. Valtrex & other meds don't even help half of the people out there that have it. A cure is needed, who & where can we donate to help with the research for a cure? Another thing, I think that we should write the various talk shows like "The Doctors" & other programs like this to help bring attention & awareness to the HSV 1 &2. I think that would be the 1st step in to helping to cure this virus. God Help us!!

      July 5, 2012 at 15:40 | Report abuse |
    • Donate to help find a cure

      Donate to find a cure at this web address:

      http://www.herpescureresearch.org/

      We should all donate at least $5.

      July 12, 2012 at 12:19 | Report abuse |
  9. Help

    My ex- husband gave me gh five years ago. I currently started dated this guy I really like him, but I think I am going to call things off. He had been hinting that he wants to have sex. I don't won't to tell him that I have herpes. I feel so depressed and every day I am living a lie. If my ex did not cheat on me then I would not have gh. Does any one know of any social network groups. Or an counceling, I need to talk to someone,

    July 6, 2012 at 00:28 | Report abuse | Reply
    • dave

      Antopia.com

      July 6, 2012 at 01:10 | Report abuse |
    • L

      I'm sorry to hear that. I'm 30 and contracted it when I was 19. I have to say if you really like this man and it is mutually most likely it won't be a problem. I can honestly say I've been in 3 relationships since then and no guy has ever turned me down because I have herpes. It's not the end of the world or great relationships. Getting over the initial fear of telling someone is the hardest part!

      July 18, 2012 at 11:19 | Report abuse |
    • 6 years with herpes

      you can talk to me anytime.

      July 27, 2012 at 03:05 | Report abuse |
    • Dennis

      If he really likes/loves you, he will understand. Don't let it ruin your life. There are ways to be safe. You are not a virus, you are not a bad person.

      August 25, 2012 at 10:50 | Report abuse |
    • Emily

      Dave, antopia.com has been closed. I would recommend http://www.positivesingles.ca. They have an STD consultant as well.

      December 5, 2016 at 02:43 | Report abuse |
  10. abby

    It's crazy how many women have herpes, im glad im not dating anymore.I feel sorry for the young people
    today.Check out this video scary stuff !

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPgfQLFdMpA&w=640&h=390]

    July 6, 2012 at 21:07 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. bw

    I think if we can talk to our local hospitals to help us that would be great also

    July 12, 2012 at 09:29 | Report abuse | Reply
    • bw

      I dunno about you guys i want everyone to have a normal life again

      July 12, 2012 at 09:54 | Report abuse |
  12. mg

    We should write nbc, the new york times, the washington post, today, goodmorning america, and whatever else you guys can think of

    July 12, 2012 at 09:49 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Donate to help find a cure

      Donate to these university programs

      http://www.herpescureresearch.org/

      July 12, 2012 at 12:17 | Report abuse |
    • mg

      so we can get donations to help find a cure

      July 13, 2012 at 01:06 | Report abuse |
  13. ben

    i hate it too :/ i was born with it my mum or dad never sat me down n told me untill one day i saw on the doctors screen herpes i really dont know alot about it and am so annyoyed n worried i might iof innfected others or would they know 😦 it makes me so deppressed ive tried overdosing n now realise im stuck with this stupid thing forever.... im now 20 ive been living with it for everr i need a cure! its going to kill me seriously i cant look at my mum or dad

    July 17, 2012 at 09:48 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Dennis

      Don't let it ruin your life. You just need to work around it, use condoms, live life. I know how devastated one can feel, trust me that I know, but you can't let it get you down too long. It's not the end, it's only a complication.

      August 25, 2012 at 10:55 | Report abuse |
    • happyanyway

      OIL OF Oreganol !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WORKS TO GET RID OF OUTBREAKS!!! 🙂 very happy dont need valtrax anymore!! I take a few drops burns, taste bad but worth it!! make sure its p73!

      October 2, 2012 at 10:18 | Report abuse |
  14. tod

    i dont think its so bad i just take the meds and i rarely have brake outs its just like haveing a cold sore its not a big deal and there will be a cure

    July 19, 2012 at 22:03 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Delos

    My partner and I tested each other before we had a sexual act. I have only been with him. Last year, we traveled to the Dominican Republic for a vacation, when we arrived I immediately went into the pool, next day my genital area was itching. I did not pay attention I tought it was normal. When we got back to NY my gynecologist told me I got herpes. My boyfriend doesn't have it, therefore, I don't understand how I got it. Can someone explain me please? 

    July 19, 2012 at 23:29 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Dennis

      If all you said is true, your boyfriend likely gave it to you. He might not have had a breakout when you went to the doctor, so the swab never picked up the virus. You don't get Herpes from a pool, or a towel, or a toilet seat.

      August 25, 2012 at 10:58 | Report abuse |
  16. bw

    sometime after the tests your partner had sex with someone else You did not get herpes from being in the pool it was through the person you had sex with who had some type of herpes

    July 20, 2012 at 01:55 | Report abuse | Reply
    • bw

      if you do some research on hsv type 1 n 2 you will understand how you got it he does not have to get a outbreak to have it

      July 20, 2012 at 01:58 | Report abuse |
  17. Mh

    Ive been prAying & pleading with god to make a cure ... I just don't see my self having a significant other until this is cured... Idk what to do as far as men anymore I no longer am intimate with anyone .. I begg research please make a cure soon Im 19 got it a few month ago and I can't fathom how life would be living with this for the rest of my life ... :/

    July 22, 2012 at 23:59 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. MC

    Has anyone found a good dating site for people with Herpes. The only one's I've found you have to sign up and pay for, like the hundreds of other useless dating sites. There needs to be a free one that is promoted so everyone knows about it.

    July 23, 2012 at 02:37 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. ana suares

    hello everyone! i hope that the cure will come less than 5years... how can we help? maybe we should raise a funds... if fund is lacking for duke university improve their studies let us help them raise a fund. I don't know where I got it. Before i just have it in my mouth when I was in first year college, then after 4 years every 1 year I got an outbreak... now I got genital herpes too maybe it transfer because of poor hygiene in my part... i don't have any relationship.. that's why i know that i don't get it from any boys... hopefully we ca be cured.. lets us pray and move to have a fund.

    July 31, 2012 at 22:42 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. Fred

    mpwh.net is the best dating site for herpes positive folks. thousands of folks from the US and Canada on there.

    August 4, 2012 at 00:28 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. Ally

    These comments are so sad! It's not the end of the world or relationships! I dated three guys after I found out I had it (I always told them on the first date) and it was amazing how much they didn't care. The last guy was even a virgin and saving himself for marriage, he never judged me and we've been married for six years now! Herpes has been around for thousands of years and there used to be no social stigma whatsoever. It was just a skin condition (all it still is, really). The social stigma was created from marketing for the suppression drugs in the 1970's. Look it up =D If 20% of the population has it, then it's unreasonable to view us as somehow "unclean" or lesser than everyone else. Don't be ashamed! *hugs anyone that needs it*

    August 6, 2012 at 16:30 | Report abuse | Reply
    • alex

      You are so right! I've had just about enough of social stigmas! It's just a skin condition like psoriasis. Thanks for posting. 🙂

      August 7, 2012 at 08:48 | Report abuse |
  22. manda

    ive had hsv-1 for 2 years. im on my 2nd break out. growin up i had kanker sores and such but nothing like im experiencing today. im 24 and was pregnant when i got it. i never would have contracted this awful thing if i hadnt of drank out of my co workers cup. i didnt know he had herpes or even tht he was experiencing a break out tht very day. this thing is awfully disgusting but i know tht its not going to stop me from having future relationships. i would however love to find a cure!!

    August 7, 2012 at 15:08 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. Faith-in-God

    I was diagnosed in 2008 and haven't been in serious relationship since. I started dating a wonderful woman in Feb 2012 and I was really hoping to tell her by now. I've wanted/tried but always chickened out at the end. I'm really worried I'd lose her...From what I read in another article, men are more understanding then women :/

    Can any ladies on here please respond to that? Any advise/help would be greatly appreciated.

    August 7, 2012 at 19:53 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Karen

      As time passes it gets harder and harder to tell right! It shouldn't be that hard to tell, but tell before she wakes up one day to it and is upset! It doesn't have to be a scary sit down. Maybe you two are watching tv and you can say Oh I think that person had a cold sore. Do you get those? I have before. and start the conversation that way. Most people don't realize cold sores and herpes are the same thing. You can make the connection and at that point let her know you could give it to her and you hope you don't but there is a chance! Do it! Don't chicken out. You will feel so much better and like a weight has been lifted from your shoulders.

      August 7, 2012 at 22:44 | Report abuse |
    • StayStrong

      Tell her asap. If she stays with you then she really does love you and you can stop feeling guilty for not telling her. And if she doesn't stay, well then she wasn't the one for you. Its better to know now rather than later when you develop even deeper feelings & it gets harder to let her go if she doesn't stay.

      August 11, 2012 at 22:29 | Report abuse |
  24. StayStrong

    I've had to live with hsv-2 for about one year now, all because of one stupid drunk night and a one night stand that didn't care to let me know he had it. During that time, it had been about a year of cultivating a friendship with someone I met on the internet. He was always after me during that year so we went on a few dates and he was so right for me, and then that soon regrettable night happened. I went to the doctor about a week later because I was in so much pain and I didn't know what was going on, when she told me what she thought it was I broke down then and there. I cried the whole way home and waited for my results in hopes that she'd be wrong, but she wasn't. Later on that night I knew I had to tell the guy that I had begun to fall for and he was heartbroken. A few days later he called me and said he had thought about it and didn't care because he truly wanted to be with me and was willing to accept me in whatever way. It's one year later and we are still together and I'm pretty sure we are meant to live out the rest of our lives together and he feels the same. When you find someone that makes you stronger don't ever let them go, ever since he came into my life I don't have as many outbreaks. There are people out there that are willing to accept us, we just have to be patient and positive.
    Although a cure would be amazing, I'm content with my life because I know I will be ok even without the cure.

    August 11, 2012 at 22:21 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. FearItsSelf

    im not sure but i think i may have gotten it from a girl i met at a bar and politely (but mistakenly) walked her to her car after closing time. she then proceeded to shove her toungue down my throat. this was about a week ago and its hitting me with a vengance. i have blisters on my lip AND IN MY MOUTH which makes it almost unbearable to chew anything. its only been a couple of days since iv had them and i would give anything to get rid of them. i can only imagine how hard its been for people to have had it since childhood. my sincerest condolences to those who have contracted this virus. TOGETHER WE WILL FIND A CURE!

    August 13, 2012 at 04:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. Faith-in-God

    Thanks Karen and StayStrong for your replies! Well I know I will work on it but I know I have to tell her eventually because since I do see myself with her for the long run. I hoping and praying for the best. Both take care!

    August 16, 2012 at 18:12 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. Dealing With It

    I am a 48 year old male who was diagnosed with HSV1 & 2 this past March.. Against my better judgement I had a one night stand (unprotected sex) a few months earlier and regretted it that night and even more when I found out I had it. She was nice enough to call me in March to let me know that she has it. I had no symptoms/outbreaks and at first didn't believe her but I got tested and needless to say I wasn't too happy when the results came back. Thank G-d all the other STD tests including HIV came back negaitve.. I now get very small genital outbreak (1 very small sore) that lasts about 4-5 days at the most and doesn't hurt or bother me physically at all... i have never experienced any oral herpes outbreaks. I don't take any prescribed meds but I do take Lysine on an almost daily basis. The stigma is far worse than the actual condition. I haven't really been involved with anyone since finding out so I have not had to tell anyone that I have it. Sometimes I do start to think about it and wonder if I will ever meet someone who will accept me and my mind starts to play headgames with me. This usually last about 1 day. It really sucks having it but there are far worse things to have, such as cancer, diabetes, etc... It's not easy but I truly hope for a cure soon.

    August 20, 2012 at 20:55 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. adv

    Hello everyone. I have had gh for over 13 years. I contracted it when i was 19 and was crushed when i was diagnosed. I also found out i was pregnant a month after i got it. I was so afraid for my baby and pleaded for a c s e c t i o n. The doctor said i want broken out and proceeded with natural birth. My baby came out healthy, t h a n k g d.
    it is not the end of the world. It is a nuisance, but most people are understanding, especially if you are open and honest. Just be sure to be responsible about it.
    I have had 3 serious relationships since.
    It would be amazing if there was a cure! Or at the least, a vaccine do it could not spread.
    Keep your heads up! Life can still be good even with gh.

    August 21, 2012 at 00:29 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Dennis

      Good comment!

      August 25, 2012 at 11:00 | Report abuse |
  29. Anon

    Please try http://www.quickhealingherb.com its cheap and they have great info on site.

    August 27, 2012 at 00:31 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. bw

    Guys please go on the doctors show they have blogs you can i posted one cure it 2012 i'm trying to get ppl to donate for us a cure

    August 29, 2012 at 10:41 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. Jen

    Even if they found a cure they wouldn't put it out because pharmaceutical companies make money by having ill people keep buying medicine. If their was a cure given then everyone would be cured and no one would need to buy medication.

    September 3, 2012 at 01:00 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. Soph

    I am 20 years old and just found out yesterday that i have hsv 1 and i do feel ruined. For those who r married congratulations. but it is sad to say that my generation of guys..well theyre not taking it too well. in fact some of them were completely rude and mean about it. And i regret telling this one guy that i liked, before allowing him to actually fall for me..we could have been perfect..but he still has the guts to talk to me..he just doesnt want to risk it you know. i pray for a cure to come out fast..because i want that future family before well i hit that age..and this just pretty much ruined it for me. ive got some hopes..but i wish the cure came..cause nothing changes a guys mind faster than an std

    September 7, 2012 at 00:32 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. Unknown

    Check out dr.sebi the healer...he's a guru who I believe has been curing people for a while now for a gang of diseases and viruses.he might be the answer that the government aren't working with because if they do fund for the world to get healed they would be loosing out on all of their medicines that don't cure but maintain the diseases/viruses... Something's got to give!!!!!!!

    September 8, 2012 at 11:21 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. dre

    I am a 19 yr old male and i have had hsv 2 this since this past april, man at 1st it sucked i felt like my life was over, 1st i told my mom but she didnt seem to mad just super dissapointed because she always warned me about std's, she still loves me and treats me the same, then i told my bestfriend and he was like "so, half of america has it its no big deal man, they are just pimples" just hearing him say that made me feel better, knowing my boy had my back! i started dating again but havent done anything physical yet. having this made me appreciate life more, and brought me closer to god. if any of you need someone to talk to send me an email and we can chat up drerodriguez8@yahoo.com

    September 11, 2012 at 17:28 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. cgm

    I'm 60 and was infected with genital herpes at the age of 21 by the third guy I ever had sex with. No one at that time was really aware of the disease, so when I saw a doctor for a sore all he told me was I had 'a cold sore in a different place'. Only decades later did I realize what I had. In the meantime I accidentally spread the virus to my eye and now have a slight but permanent drooping eyelid. My outbreaks have gotten worse with time and now I get them about once a month usually with multiple sores. I haven't let any of this ruin my life – while most of my love life was before I knew the nature of my infection, I dated afterwards too, and am not aware of having infected anyone. (Thank goodness.) The sores are a pain in the butt (literally :D) but recently I discovered lysine cream which is very effective for me. The eyelid gets me down sometimes but it's only really noticeable when I'm tired or sick, and my eyesight is not impaired. But what gets me mad is I know the reason there's not much funding is that selling expensive treatments is much more profitable for the drug companies than selling a cure would be. There are people suffering both physically and mentally because of this virus but money talks louder than humanity. That goes for all the people posting teasers about fake 'cures' here so they can con desperate people, too.

    September 12, 2012 at 12:08 | Report abuse | Reply
    • happyanyway

      I think we can get different healthy natural ways to treat it! OREGANOL Oil P73 helps me (take in mouth by the way) But it stops outbreaks!! And its natural!!!!:)

      October 2, 2012 at 10:22 | Report abuse |
  36. animelover

    Im 29 and just found out I have herp type 2. The woman Im currently with gave it to me. Ive figured I had it for awhile now. She was so scared when she told me. A part of me told me to break it off but I thought about how she has been rejected so much for something she has no control over. I told her I love her and that it doesnt matter to me. Since that time our bond has grown stronger and it has helped me focus on giving this relationship 100% of me. to all of you out there still looking for that someone who will accept you for who you are, not based on a bad roll of the die. My advice is never give up hope. Sooner or later youl find that person for you. I hope you all the best.

    September 17, 2012 at 16:28 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. sosineededhelp

    Hi im female from philippines. I contracted HSV-2 2months ago and it's really causes me major depression and having suicidal thoughts. I don't what to do and how to tell this to my boyfriend and soon to be fiance.. Please God give is a cure for herpes to stop all people who are suffering with this condition. I promise i'll be a good girl God, you know our situation please help us.

    September 20, 2012 at 02:57 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Adam

      Hey...So sorry to hear about your situation. Dat totally suxx...I had the same thing happen to me, without getting into too much detail about that, well basically I trieed a whoole lot of different things, home remedies, ointments, tinctures, but the sores just kept comin back.. I have been using Hyperisince tablets, and these were suuuper effecctive...apparently contains some natural herbs from India or sumthin thats like an ancient cure that boosts immunity and destroys the virus. I've been on em for like 3 months now, and my outbreaks are almost 90% gone. Hope it helps :))

      October 17, 2012 at 06:40 | Report abuse |
  38. Jolie

    i contacted genital herpes 2 years back, i thought there was no hope.. i read numerous testimonies on the internet on how a great spiritualist cure there genital herpes with is ADURON herbal remedy drugs... i contacted the dr shant tami and he prepare the ADURON drugs for me, ever since i took the drugs, my genital herpes has been cure totally,. i recommend you all to go for the ADURON drugs. you can email dr shant tami via indianspell@yahoo.com hope read your own testify as you go for the drugs.

    September 20, 2012 at 20:06 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. Nutrition75

    I read all your comments and it is nice to not be alone – I was with a man who was 14 yrs my senior and he never told me he had the virus. It can lay dormant and then one day I had all the symptoms. I have now lived with it for 10 years. It isn't the end of the world, but it definitely makes your dating life more difficult. I was angry and upset at first because this person never gave me the chance to decide if I wanted to be intimate with someone who had the disease. He is a liar and a thing of my past. I have now met a great man and have been married for over 4 years. There are people out there that will love you for who you are. I would love a cure, but to all those who suffer from this disease don't let it depress you – the outbreaks I found come less and less now with a proper diet and exercise. Good luck everyone I can totally related just don't let herpes stop you from living your life and don't let it define you.

    September 21, 2012 at 08:28 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. skinny

    Here's a link to a fab herpes dating and support site: http://www.h-ype.com
    It's run by people with herpes. It's mostly people from the UK on there, but it's open to all nationalities.
    Also, the only place I trust to provide real information on herpes is the UK based HVA. Their site just gives you the truth and the facts. http://www.hva.org.uk
    Don't scare yourself silly by reading the rubbish on a lot of medical sites out there. Yes herpes can be a pain, but it's not the end of the world and it's not the end of your love and sex life. Trust me. Get on with life, don't let herpes ruin it.

    September 26, 2012 at 10:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  41. Mon La

    Clinical trials are being made for a vaccine, please check out this site – they are looking for candidates

    http://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT01667341?term=gen-003&rank=1

    I'm sure this will be solved soon

    September 26, 2012 at 17:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  42. bw

    This book called The healing powers of honey by cal orey is really helpful for herpes outbreaks it works 100%

    September 29, 2012 at 10:53 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. help

    I'm 16 years old and was diagnosed june 25th 2012. Idk how to cope with this I feel as if most days all i want to do is run away from this and act like its not there but deep down i know it always will be. Being so young with gh, I feel as if in somehow my life is ruined. who will love me? and so much i will miss out on...natural child birth, conceiving naturally, being able to breast feed. some of the most amazing motherhood things i will never get to try. And all i can think is why couldn't I ave listened to my mom, why did i have to sneak out to hang out with my friends and party, why couldn't i have changed my life around sooner...but instead on feb. 12th 2012 I had to be a victom of rape at only age 15...and all i can think is this is all my fault and what if i wasnt the only girl...I'm looking for help and answers but idk how to find it...someone please help me

    October 1, 2012 at 03:51 | Report abuse | Reply
    • swana

      Don't let this do a mind job on you. I've been dealing with this for 20 years and in that time have married and have had 3 children, one natural and 2 c-sections (for other reasons) and breast fed all three successfully. No issues. This is not the end of the world. Don't worry . Plus symtoms lessen over time.

      October 18, 2012 at 21:53 | Report abuse |
  44. skinny

    Hi Help,
    I am really sorry to hear about the horrible way you got herpes. I know the following isn't going to take the pain of that away, but I hope it helps:
    It's entirely normal to feel like you do just after you've been diagnosed. I don't know anybody who hasn't felt that way on finding. I know it's hard to believe right now, but your life is not ruined. You will find love. You will have an active sex life. You can conceive normally. You can have a normal child birth.
    Take a look at http://www.hva.org.uk This is the only site I trust.
    Be careful what you read on other sites. They often have inaccurate and quote only extreme cases.
    The truth is, for most people the symptoms of herpes get less over time. It will not stop you having a normal love life and you will find someone. From what I remember, the only time doctors are concerned as far as giving birth goes is if you have an outbreak at the time you are about to give birth. In this case they may suggest a caesarean. But before you even get to that stage they may suggest a course of antiviral drugs to prevent or reduce the chance of an outbreak during the time you give birth.
    As for your future sex life, if you don't have sex whilst you know you have an outbreak then you greatly reduce the chance of passing it on. It's even less of a risk if you use a condom. I can't remember the figures, but it's pretty a low risk.
    You will find someone that loves you for who you are. I've not had problems finding love in all the years I've had herpes. So trust me, you will be ok. All I can suggest is be honest with people, this may mean waiting until you are sure you know you can trust them. I know that's not easy, but I only say this as even though the chance of passing it on if you use a condom is pretty low, there is still a small risk. From my personal point of view I feel it's always better to let the other person decide for themselves if they want to take the risk.
    It's pretty well known that stress can trigger herpes outbreaks, so as hard as it may seem right now try not to worry. Be good to yourself. Get on with life. Don't let herpes stop you from enjoying it all you can.
    You will be ok. Trust me.

    October 2, 2012 at 13:00 | Report abuse | Reply
  45. sheena

    Cures here at hubpages has recently mentioned that the drug I used to cure myself is not curing everyone who uses it so clearly I am not the expert so I suggest you contact David for more current information.
    http://www.allpharmacylist.com

    October 5, 2012 at 07:22 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Healing & Recovery

      What was the name of this drug that you used and did it truly cure you and who is David?

      October 18, 2012 at 21:58 | Report abuse |
  46. ecko96

    Has anyone ever tried using fungicide tablets to cure this disgusting disease we all have? I've only heard speculation that this would work, but I haven't found any proof anywhere. I know that using fungicide creams on outbreaks usually cure them within 2-3 days. MMS will clear the symptoms for a while and even get you to test negative on a Igg test, but I havent found any proof that it actually kills the virus for good.

    October 7, 2012 at 22:12 | Report abuse | Reply
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  49. Daniel

    Im currently in a relationship with a woman that has herpes... i dont have it but im very worried that i might get it... I really like this girl but i dont want to be scared off cuz of this problem that she has.... but it kinda worries me that if i do get it and we dont work out that i will be stuck with what she has given me if i do get it.... But there is good guys out there that are willing to take the risk even though its something they shouldnt do

    October 15, 2012 at 21:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  50. skinny

    @Daniel There is ok course always a risk. But let's put the risk into perspective. If you don't have sex whilst she has an outbreak then the risk is around 4% (if woman is infected and man is not). If you use condoms it's even lower risk, and if you then take suppressive medication it is even less again.

    It becomes almost comparable to the risk of getting pregnant whilst on contraceptive pills! And we all seem happy to take that risk!

    http://www.healthassist.net/conditions/herpes.shtml#2
    http://westoverheights.com/herpes_handbook/final_HH_for_2010_revision_1.pdf
    You can also get information at http://www.hva.org.uk

    October 17, 2012 at 08:36 | Report abuse | Reply
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