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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. Healing & Recovery

    The first thing to do is to eat an appropriate diet. If you are having regular outbreaks, refrain from caffeine (coffee, chocolate, black tea, green tea, yerba mate, cola drinks) and nuts and seeds (except hemp and flax) until your immune system has become strong enough to keep the virus dormant. Secondly, take a chelated zinc supplement, selenium, and a garlic supplement daily. If you are a woman whose outbreaks occur during menstruation you will need a liquid hormone-balancing formula of don quai, black cohosh and chaste tree berries.The lemon balm in gardens, the red seaweeds on clean beaches, the reishi and other medicinal mushrooms growing in the spring and fall, have all been proven to be very effective for herpes

    October 19, 2012 at 08:33 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Healing & Recovery

    Bitter Melons inhibits HIV and Herpes and is a all around natural anti-viral. They also have been used to treat Cancer and Diabetes. Wakame & Dulse Seaweeds & Red Marine Algae (Carrageenan) has several benefits against Herpes and other viral illnesses. They have been clinically shown to be effective against Epstein Bar and Herpes Viruses. Pomegranates (Tannins) has been shown to be an anti-viral against Herpes. They are also great natural anti-biotic and a wonderful anti-oxidant. The Dandelion Plants is a potent Anti-Herpes medicine and they grow just about everywhere! Grapes & Red Wine (Resveratrol) have long been shown to be helpful against Herpes.

    October 19, 2012 at 08:37 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Healing & Recovery

    Irish Moss (Carrageenan) has the same benefits as Wakame & Dulse Seaweeds & Red Marine Algae, they all fight Herpes and other viral illnesses. They all have been clinically shown to be effective against Epstein Bar and Herpes Viruses.

    October 19, 2012 at 09:03 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Healing & Recovery

    The use of condoms and dental dams with a Carrageenan based gel (either Divine No 9 or BIOglide) as a lubricant ensures that the risk of infecting others is minimized.

    October 19, 2012 at 12:10 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Eveline

    I have been living with this herpes for over 10 years now and very scared to date. I recently met this man that I really love and don't know how to tell him that I have herpes. One morning, I tried to tell him but was very scared to tell him. I was crying so bad and asked me if I have std? I said no.....I'm so confused and don't know how to tell him. We have been using condom all the time. I don't get any cold sores on my lips or genital area and I don't take any medicine either. What should I do?

    October 20, 2012 at 15:43 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Healing & Recovery

      Don’t develop a false sense of security with condoms/dental dams/saran wrap. These do not cover areas of the body that can still transmit and be vulnerable to infection, using an antiviral gel on possible transmission and infection sites can help lessen this possibility. For example if a man gets herpes sores in his pubic hair area or perineum or buttocks, wearing a condom will not protect his partner; using an antiviral gel will. Condoms can also break or slip off. Using an anti-viral gel underneath a condom will help protect in the case of a broken or slipped-off condom. Using a water-based lube or anti-viral gel outside of the condom will reduce the likelihood of the condom breaking. Divine No 9 and BIOglide are microbiocides with Carrageenan. These Red Marine Algae and Carrageenan Anti-Viral Gels are edible, completely non-toxic and they can act as a lubricant for safer sex. They are not meant as a replacement for condoms, they are designed as a supplement to condom use to make it less likely to infect your loved ones. They are effective for genital, anal and oral sex.

      October 20, 2012 at 17:51 | Report abuse |
    • joe

      you should have told him from the get go... the right thing to do is tell him we all know that, but it's not easy to do.
      i mean really at this point there is nothing that you or he can do about it and he'll find out eventually when he has an outbreak..

      there is also a chance that he had it before you met him too and he's too nervous to tell you.. that happened to me with my current girlfriend. we were both afraid of rejection and kept it a secret and it turned out that we both had it before we ever met anyways..

      October 31, 2012 at 02:11 | Report abuse |
    • Stacey

      That fear of telling someone you love that you have herpes will never subside. While people will tell you that you should have told him prior to any type of relationship, you can't really do much about that now. Don't let people shame you into telling him. Granted, at some point in the near future you should absolutely tell him, but for now, make sure you are ready and take all precautions when having sex, which I'm sure you already know. As a result of this decision simmering in your mind, you've probably had more outbreaks than normal due to stress, yeah? Don't let this virus consume you. The best thing you can do for yourself and your partner is tell him. Perhaps, if this man loves you back, his reaction may be acceptance. However, if it is just the opposite, I encourage you to stay hopeful and not to let a negative reaction keep you from searching for the "one." Many people will accept you for you... I accepted my husband 7 years ago. Although I was initially shocked, I remembered that this virus does not define him and my love for him shouldn't be stifled because of herpes. Just stay strong and know that you are not defined by your herpes.

      December 3, 2012 at 10:16 | Report abuse |
    • robertallen

      I agree with Karin. I have actually cured myself of HSV2 using viradux-AU. This entire virus, which includes cold sores, herpes zoster and other similar conditions will soon be eliminated. Some may think it a silly or shameful condition but it can be devastating , painful for some and even lethal in infants.

      February 26, 2013 at 01:08 | Report abuse |
    • happytoffee

      The idea that this is your fault and something to be ashamed of is a myth.

      There are some good research papers linked on this site as well as a herpes treatment that has worked well for me. Hope this helps someone!
      viradux home page

      March 3, 2013 at 00:04 | Report abuse |
    • Derrick Lopez

      Hey Eveline, check out http://www.herpesnomore.com Great info, The herpes CURE doctors don't want you to know about.

      March 20, 2013 at 18:02 | Report abuse |
    • howdoicureherpes

      Eveline,

      Telling someone can be very frightening. But the truth is you are not scarred you just contracted a virus that half a billion carry. The truth will always set you free. I conduct free health consultations for anyone infected with herpes you can email me at howdoicureherpes@gmail.com there are so many natural alternatives to build your immune system and work towards killing the pathogens in your body so you do not have to fear passing it to your partner. I hope this helps you. Yours in healing, Anita

      June 19, 2013 at 12:34 | Report abuse |
    • Herpes suffer nz

      I've had members of my family suffer from this condition and it can all sorts of problems physically and mentally. Since then I've done research and even made my own website http://get-rid-of-herpes-now.blogspot.co.nz/ to help ppl find a cure

      July 18, 2013 at 19:17 | Report abuse |
    • GG

      I too have been living with this virus and I have shared with my partners my situation because they deserve to have a choice of weather they want to chance being with me or not. I unfortunately did not have a choice in this matter leaving me vulnerable and now faced with this virus for the rest of my life or until a cure is discovered. Now because you told him you don't have an std thing's aren't going to be pretty when you finally do tell him. You must also be aware not taking medication to suppress this virus makes using even condoms or having oral sex dangerous for him performing it on you and especially you performing it on you if you both are into that. I caught this from my husband and he knew he had this for years before me and because he had never experienced an outbreak there was no way the women before me was right and he was wrong. I was pregnant with our 2nd child when I saw signs, but I thought it was a mere hair bump that kept reoccurring after I shaved. I went to my OBGYN and she did blood work on me and confirmed this was in fact Herpes. I was livid and I was ready to divorce him, but then thought who else is going to want me with this so I stayed for several years until I realized that every time we had any type of intercourse I flared up as if he was re-infecting me over and over again even with me taking the proper medication. He was not on anything because he was still in denial. I began to become very frustrated because my back was up against the wall and this was not fair to me that I had to live with this and he said nothing. I finally divorced him and shared with the new women in his life the situation (because it was the right thing to do). He of course didn't like this, but I really didn't care what he liked. I am now in love for the 1st time in my life and I wanted to be sure I was safe for him, so before we ever had sex I shared with him my situation as I had done with my past partners (which weren't that many) because I was taking my medication every single day not missing a day assured them that they were safe. I would have them to go get tested to make sure they were okay and their test results were across the board negative. Now this man that I am in love with has no clue about STD's and what he reads to be true that it eventually took a toll on us and had him in even greater fear. Once I schooled him and took him to be tested he was even more trusting of me. I have been living with this virus for 11 years and on medication for 10 years. Thank God my 1st daughter didn't contract this virus because I had been experiencing these re-occurring bumps that my Dr. took precautionary measures to protect my baby during delivery. All in all I would suggest you get on med's right now and take them faithfully to protect him and you because eventually you both are going to want to have sex without a condom. With the med's at least you will be protecting him. My ex was the carrier that never experienced the symptoms which that may be your situation being that you have never had an outbreak whereas my body detects problems rather early on allowing me the chance to catch the problem in its early stages and prevent any further damage (THANK GOD) which that could be his situation. Good Luck

      August 3, 2013 at 07:54 | Report abuse |
    • Amazing Grace

      There is a cure and you can do it at home in the comfort of your own home. Max Gerson since 1928: The Gerson Therapy
      One of the first alternative cancer therapies, The Gerson Therapy has successfully treated thousands of patients for over 60 years. Now, in this authoritative new book, alternative medicine therapist Charlotte Gerson and medical journalist Morton Walker reveal the powerful healing effects of organic fruits and vegetables. Not only can juicing reverse the effects of many degenerative illnesses-it can save lives. The Gerson Therapy shows you:
      -How to beat cancer by changing your body chemistry.
      -Special juicing techniques for maximum healing power.
      -How to conquer allergies, obesity, high blood pressure, AIDS, lupus, and other diseases.
      -Which supplements will strengthen your immune system.
      -How to prepare delicious, super-healthy foods using Gerson-approved recipes.
      -And much more!
      This unique resource will help and inspire everyone who has ever said, "I want to get well. Just show me how." THE GERSON THERAPY offers a powerful, time-tested healing option that has worked for others.

      November 10, 2013 at 17:19 | Report abuse |
    • Tastentier

      I've contracted HSV-2 despite using condoms. Most people are blissfully unaware that condoms lower the chance of contracting Herpes or HPV (human papillomavirus) by a mere 30%. Meaning that there is a 70% chance that your partner will get infected.

      The virus can be present anywhere in your pubic area, or on your hands after touching your genitals. If you touch yourself and then your partner, you may pass on the virus. Oral-to-genital contact can also spread it in both directions. It is even possible to spread herpes by using the same towel or touching the same faucet, since the virus survives outside of the human body for several hours.

      So please, if you have HSV-2, like an estimated 30% of all adults, please inform your partner prior to any intimate contact, which includes kissing. There are actually dating sites for us people with STDs which help avoid this awkward conversation, which shouldn't be awkward if you consider how many people are affected by this.

      December 4, 2013 at 04:48 | Report abuse |
    • helpful hanna

      look into viradux.com. It is the only gen3 treatment on the market that resolved my outbreaks.

      January 1, 2014 at 15:35 | Report abuse |
  6. Dakota Jean

    If there isnt enough funds to start getting a cure together for herpes couldnt you start one? Donations and such? There are MILLIONS that would be willing to help. Myself included. It would be a dream come true to have a cure and get rid of this once and for all...

    October 22, 2012 at 11:25 | Report abuse | Reply
    • tc

      absolutly i totally agree with u ............ the ststictics out there is unfanimical.... one out of every five .......... something needs to be done to speed up this process........... it cant be that hard to find a cure ......................

      December 2, 2012 at 07:11 | Report abuse |
    • howdoicureherpes

      The truth is herpes is virus so it does not need a cure. There are clinical trials for vaccine going on right now. However, the human body can kill the virus when given the proper nutrition and supplements. Drugs do not always have to be the answer! I have been studying natural health for over a decade and helping people eradicate pathogens out of their body just takes a little education and mindset change. We are in charge of our health. Best, Anita – howdoicureherpes@gmail.com

      June 19, 2013 at 12:37 | Report abuse |
    • Amazing Grace

      There is a cure and you can do it at home in the comfort of your own home. Max Gerson since 1928: The Gerson Therapy
      One of the first alternative cancer therapies, The Gerson Therapy has successfully treated thousands of patients for over 60 years. Now, in this authoritative new book, alternative medicine therapist Charlotte Gerson and medical journalist Morton Walker reveal the powerful healing effects of organic fruits and vegetables. Not only can juicing reverse the effects of many degenerative illnesses-it can save lives. The Gerson Therapy shows you:
      -How to beat cancer by changing your body chemistry.
      -Special juicing techniques for maximum healing power.
      -How to conquer allergies, obesity, high blood pressure, AIDS, lupus, and other diseases.
      -Which supplements will strengthen your immune system.
      -How to prepare delicious, super-healthy foods using Gerson-approved recipes.
      -And much more!
      This unique resource will help and inspire everyone who has ever said, "I want to get well. Just show me how." THE GERSON THERAPY offers a powerful, time-tested healing option that has worked for others.

      November 10, 2013 at 17:20 | Report abuse |
  7. Run From The Cure

    Well the good news and the bad news are actually that there is already a cure but there is little funding because the plant can not be patented.

    Just google "cannabis oil cures herpes"

    Here is an article
    – http://www.naturalnews.com/031510_weed_herpes.html

    If you get really brave, try googling "cannabis cures cancer". There are more positive research for cannabis than all the billions that are spent on pharmaceutical drugs and procedures combined

    October 23, 2012 at 00:11 | Report abuse | Reply
    • howdoicureherpes

      Isn't it amazing that we have the answer to killing herpes in our body found in our natural environment but we look to the Big Pharma companies to give us a drug to cure it. Thanks for sharing. I am a natural health coach that has been studying this industry for over a decade. It is possible to eradicate viruses from your body like herpes but you have to know what do to build your immune system. Best, Anita – howdoicureherpes@gmail.com

      June 19, 2013 at 12:39 | Report abuse |
    • Amazing Grace

      There is a cure and you can do it at home in the comfort of your own home. Max Gerson since 1928: The Gerson Therapy
      One of the first alternative cancer therapies, The Gerson Therapy has successfully treated thousands of patients for over 60 years. Now, in this authoritative new book, alternative medicine therapist Charlotte Gerson and medical journalist Morton Walker reveal the powerful healing effects of organic fruits and vegetables. Not only can juicing reverse the effects of many degenerative illnesses-it can save lives. The Gerson Therapy shows you:
      -How to beat cancer by changing your body chemistry.
      -Special juicing techniques for maximum healing power.
      -How to conquer allergies, obesity, high blood pressure, AIDS, lupus, and other diseases.
      -Which supplements will strengthen your immune system.
      -How to prepare delicious, super-healthy foods using Gerson-approved recipes.
      -And much more!
      This unique resource will help and inspire everyone who has ever said, "I want to get well. Just show me how." THE GERSON THERAPY offers a powerful, time-tested healing option that has worked for others.

      November 10, 2013 at 17:23 | Report abuse |
  8. skinny

    @ Run From The Cure:
    What you are giving information on is NOT a cure. It is a treatment of the symptoms from what I can see. Calling it a cure is misleading. Please be careful that you do not set people off on a false hope.
    The virus remains dormant in your body between outbreaks. So unless what you are giving information on can actively enter the body, seek out the virus, and destroy it then it is NOT a cure.
    I think everyone will welcome any information on treatments that help with the symptoms, but calling it a cure is not exactly correct.

    October 23, 2012 at 08:39 | Report abuse | Reply
    • lolcat

      actually, they are saying that they are trying to and will find a cure but until then you can try out the anitvirals that will slow down the process and slow down outbreaks and shedding (passing it on to other people).

      but there already is a cure they just dont have enough money and crap to go through with it because there arnt any donation companies and stuff for it. so thats why it will take 10 years because of the amount of people in the world who have it.

      sorry for correcting you. but you know.. there is a cure and the other things are just called antivirals. thanks 🙂

      November 18, 2012 at 02:21 | Report abuse |
    • Amazing Grace

      There is a cure and you can do it at home in the comfort of your own home. Max Gerson since 1928: The Gerson Therapy
      One of the first alternative cancer therapies, The Gerson Therapy has successfully treated thousands of patients for over 60 years. Now, in this authoritative new book, alternative medicine therapist Charlotte Gerson and medical journalist Morton Walker reveal the powerful healing effects of organic fruits and vegetables. Not only can juicing reverse the effects of many degenerative illnesses-it can save lives. The Gerson Therapy shows you:
      -How to beat cancer by changing your body chemistry.
      -Special juicing techniques for maximum healing power.
      -How to conquer allergies, obesity, high blood pressure, AIDS, lupus, and other diseases.
      -Which supplements will strengthen your immune system.
      -How to prepare delicious, super-healthy foods using Gerson-approved recipes.
      -And much more!
      This unique resource will help and inspire everyone who has ever said, "I want to get well. Just show me how." THE GERSON THERAPY offers a powerful, time-tested healing option that has worked for others.

      November 10, 2013 at 17:24 | Report abuse |
  9. jim

    I feel like the possibility of a herpes cure is unfortunately not plausible.. The cold hard fact is people get herpes and are uncomfortable and embarrassed by them, and the media dosnt help continuously making a joke out of it on tv and movies. They use hollywood to make us feel like second class citizens. With 1-5 people having them that number can only go up with no cure and pharmacies and companies can keep charging us for preventatives. If you cure it there is no more money to be made. That is why you will allways have a hard time getting funding. I guess you could say the same for cancer, think how much money they make on people dieing willing to pay anything for a preventative drug. If you cured cancer you would never make the same money, not only that but the population would swell uncontrollably within decades. Its tough to hear the truth like that but it is the sick logical world we live in. I only hope some billion air gets herpes and finds a cure or mabey some brilliant self funded do good scientist.

    November 9, 2012 at 12:03 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Chelle

      But when you think about it, you can't die from herpes and since so many people don't know that they have it..who really cares about getting medication to prevent the symptoms? They aren't really making that much money as they are with HIV and cancer well because those people can die and they know that people will do anything to stay alive...whereas having herpes is the same as any other curable STD..they will find a cure eventually or get the funds needed to prevent it because its not as serious as the other two, the fact of the matter is..after there is a cure for herpes more people will feel okay with having relations resulting in more people becoming infected with it.. So the people funding Herpes will actually make more money coming up with a cure than not.

      November 21, 2012 at 12:56 | Report abuse |
    • howdoicureherpes

      Herpes is a virus that can be killed. We only believe there is no cure because we think the Big Pharma companies and FDA have our best health choices in the forefront of their minds. Herpes treatments make the Big Pharma companies about 3 billion a year for something that can be killed with a 20 dollar product. Do the research herpes is a virus that can be killed http://howdoyoucureherpes.blogspot.com

      April 9, 2013 at 16:20 | Report abuse |
    • howdoicureherpes

      The interesting thing is that herpes is a virus that the body can eradicate. We do not have to depend on the Big Pharma company to say we should take a drug or vaccine. It is estimated that the herpes treatment market is valued at 6 billion dollars. Truthful we have everything we need to kill the herpes virus naturally we just have to expand our mindset and learn about our bodies natural immune system. If someone wealthy contracts the virus i don't that will help with funding because they will probably seek out the education to naturally heal themselves. It takes people passing along natural health education for us to become a herpes free or cancer free society. Just my thoughts! Best, Anita – health coach – howdoicureherpes@gmail.com

      June 19, 2013 at 12:44 | Report abuse |
    • ShoobieDoo

      I feel the same way, need to start playing the lottery

      June 26, 2013 at 01:10 | Report abuse |
    • Amazing Grace

      There is a cure and you can do it at home in the comfort of your own home. Max Gerson since 1928: The Gerson Therapy
      One of the first alternative cancer therapies, The Gerson Therapy has successfully treated thousands of patients for over 60 years. Now, in this authoritative new book, alternative medicine therapist Charlotte Gerson and medical journalist Morton Walker reveal the powerful healing effects of organic fruits and vegetables. Not only can juicing reverse the effects of many degenerative illnesses-it can save lives. The Gerson Therapy shows you:
      -How to beat cancer by changing your body chemistry.
      -Special juicing techniques for maximum healing power.
      -How to conquer allergies, obesity, high blood pressure, AIDS, lupus, and other diseases.
      -Which supplements will strengthen your immune system.
      -How to prepare delicious, super-healthy foods using Gerson-approved recipes.
      -And much more!
      This unique resource will help and inspire everyone who has ever said, "I want to get well. Just show me how." THE GERSON THERAPY offers a powerful, time-tested healing option that has worked for others.

      November 10, 2013 at 17:25 | Report abuse |
  10. Jay

    I got 5 on it!

    November 13, 2012 at 14:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Im Worried cant sleep

    do you guys think would ever be a cure for herpes soon?

    November 18, 2012 at 19:12 | Report abuse | Reply
    • b

      And yes there will be a cure someday soon if people wasn't so ashamed to come out with that they have herpes it would help more it's going to take alot longer than it should because of that and money we need more than just prayers.

      December 30, 2012 at 21:23 | Report abuse |
    • Amazing Grace

      There is a cure and you can do it at home in the comfort of your own home. Max Gerson since 1928: The Gerson Therapy
      One of the first alternative cancer therapies, The Gerson Therapy has successfully treated thousands of patients for over 60 years. Now, in this authoritative new book, alternative medicine therapist Charlotte Gerson and medical journalist Morton Walker reveal the powerful healing effects of organic fruits and vegetables. Not only can juicing reverse the effects of many degenerative illnesses-it can save lives. The Gerson Therapy shows you:
      -How to beat cancer by changing your body chemistry.
      -Special juicing techniques for maximum healing power.
      -How to conquer allergies, obesity, high blood pressure, AIDS, lupus, and other diseases.
      -Which supplements will strengthen your immune system.
      -How to prepare delicious, super-healthy foods using Gerson-approved recipes.
      -And much more!
      This unique resource will help and inspire everyone who has ever said, "I want to get well. Just show me how." THE GERSON THERAPY offers a powerful, time-tested healing option that has worked for others.

      November 10, 2013 at 17:29 | Report abuse |
  12. b

    There are some books that actually help it not be so bad like The healing power of garlic and The healing powers of honey

    December 30, 2012 at 21:10 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Amazing Grace

      You need to do the Gerson Therapy. Max Gerson since 1928: The Gerson Therapy
      One of the first alternative cancer therapies, The Gerson Therapy has successfully treated thousands of patients for over 60 years. Now, in this authoritative new book, alternative medicine therapist Charlotte Gerson and medical journalist Morton Walker reveal the powerful healing effects of organic fruits and vegetables. Not only can juicing reverse the effects of many degenerative illnesses-it can save lives. The Gerson Therapy shows you:
      -How to beat cancer by changing your body chemistry.
      -Special juicing techniques for maximum healing power.
      -How to conquer allergies, obesity, high blood pressure, AIDS, lupus, and other diseases.
      -Which supplements will strengthen your immune system.
      -How to prepare delicious, super-healthy foods using Gerson-approved recipes.
      -And much more!
      This unique resource will help and inspire everyone who has ever said, "I want to get well. Just show me how." THE GERSON THERAPY offers a powerful, time-tested healing option that has worked for others.

      November 10, 2013 at 17:30 | Report abuse |
  13. rose bud

    i feel every one that's writing here,but seriously they need to find a cure quickly. I have been living with this thing for so many years i care not to count, but as most people did not know i had it, not even what it was until i decided to check it out online. When i red it i almost fainted, that's how the experience was for me. I am also in love with this guy who wants to have a family but again i am afraid to tell him. I live alone and very afraid to even live my life, i cry almost every day,because it has even affected my child who has it because he one day felt safe to use my tooth brush when he could not find his on a trip. This is how serious this thing is. I am typing these lines and literally crying because i messed up his life as well. We need to find a cure and find it fast please ,this infection can kill and i mean physiologically, knowing you have it can do things to your mind.

    January 2, 2013 at 06:44 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Amazing Grace

      There is a cure and you can do it at home in the comfort of your own home. Max Gerson since 1928: The Gerson Therapy
      One of the first alternative cancer therapies, The Gerson Therapy has successfully treated thousands of patients for over 60 years. Now, in this authoritative new book, alternative medicine therapist Charlotte Gerson and medical journalist Morton Walker reveal the powerful healing effects of organic fruits and vegetables. Not only can juicing reverse the effects of many degenerative illnesses-it can save lives. The Gerson Therapy shows you:
      -How to beat cancer by changing your body chemistry.
      -Special juicing techniques for maximum healing power.
      -How to conquer allergies, obesity, high blood pressure, AIDS, lupus, and other diseases.
      -Which supplements will strengthen your immune system.
      -How to prepare delicious, super-healthy foods using Gerson-approved recipes.
      -And much more!
      This unique resource will help and inspire everyone who has ever said, "I want to get well. Just show me how." THE GERSON THERAPY offers a powerful, time-tested healing option that has worked for others.

      November 10, 2013 at 17:31 | Report abuse |
  14. April

    It saddens me reading some of these comments regarding how ashamed and scared people are with dating. I was diagnosed with HSV-1 genitally it has been the hardest time of my life. I was very confused and did not understand this virus at all, I still am. I have talked to more than a few doctors and nurses. They all gave me different information on this virus and how contagious it is. Two out of the 3 doctors told me that they indeed have the same virus, but on their mouth. One explained that it could be passed on with out an out break, another told me that it can pass on only before, during, and two weeks after, the third told me they both could be right!?? (Really confused me).

    I was told that I may never have another outbreak in my life, I do not need to take any medication and this virus is not life threatening in anyway. However, to me I feel it is. Every day I had to force myself to keep going. Every day had become a huge struggle for me to live. I am just very lost and confused.

    Why are soo many people uneducated about this virus. And to my own stupidity, I was one of the uneducated people. You can get it orally and condoms do not help because it is passed only through skin to skin. I have yet to meet anyone who has been scared of my virus and it has some how not effected my dating or sex life yet, I am very fortunate, but in all honesty I still feel ruined.

    It has been a year since my first outbreak and I have yet to have one again, but Id rather have an outbreak every month than have the thought of being contagious and hurting someone I love. I am no longer angry, but I am left with this emptiness. I feel broken. More than anything I wish I could be fixed.

    January 9, 2013 at 04:56 | Report abuse | Reply
    • howdoicureherpes

      Herpes is a virus that can be killed. We only believe there is no cure because we think the Big Pharma companies and FDA have our best health choices in the forefront of their minds. Herpes treatments make the Big Pharma companies about 3 billion a year for something that can be killed with a 20 dollar product. Do the research herpes is a virus that can be killed http://howdoyoucureherpes.blogspot.com

      Do not be misled by only seeing herpes from the medical and big pharma community there are always two sides to every story.

      April 9, 2013 at 16:45 | Report abuse |
  15. Kel Marie

    I have recently tested positive for gentile herpes, even though I am young how can I help funding the research for an cure for herpes?

    January 16, 2013 at 06:40 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Amazing Grace

      There is a cure and you can do it at home in the comfort of your own home. Max Gerson since 1928: The Gerson Therapy
      One of the first alternative cancer therapies, The Gerson Therapy has successfully treated thousands of patients for over 60 years. Now, in this authoritative new book, alternative medicine therapist Charlotte Gerson and medical journalist Morton Walker reveal the powerful healing effects of organic fruits and vegetables. Not only can juicing reverse the effects of many degenerative illnesses-it can save lives. The Gerson Therapy shows you:
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      -Special juicing techniques for maximum healing power.
      -How to conquer allergies, obesity, high blood pressure, AIDS, lupus, and other diseases.
      -Which supplements will strengthen your immune system.
      -How to prepare delicious, super-healthy foods using Gerson-approved recipes.
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      November 10, 2013 at 17:33 | Report abuse |
    • Hyram Wolfowitz

      Gentile herpes! Thank goodness I can't get that!

      January 29, 2014 at 16:47 | Report abuse |
  16. Positive mind set

    I told my partner and he flipped out. I got it from being molested when I was younger. It didn't show itself til I got extremely sick these past two months. I am young and still have a full life ahead of me. I am not ashamed because it's a part of me. I know one day it will get better and this helps me know those who are real and those who are fake. Shows who will love me thru it all.

    January 21, 2013 at 10:50 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Amazing Grace

      There is a cure and you can do it at home in the comfort of your own home. Max Gerson since 1928: The Gerson Therapy
      One of the first alternative cancer therapies, The Gerson Therapy has successfully treated thousands of patients for over 60 years. Now, in this authoritative new book, alternative medicine therapist Charlotte Gerson and medical journalist Morton Walker reveal the powerful healing effects of organic fruits and vegetables. Not only can juicing reverse the effects of many degenerative illnesses-it can save lives. The Gerson Therapy shows you:
      -How to beat cancer by changing your body chemistry.
      -Special juicing techniques for maximum healing power.
      -How to conquer allergies, obesity, high blood pressure, AIDS, lupus, and other diseases.
      -Which supplements will strengthen your immune system.
      -How to prepare delicious, super-healthy foods using Gerson-approved recipes.
      -And much more!
      This unique resource will help and inspire everyone who has ever said, "I want to get well. Just show me how." THE GERSON THERAPY offers a powerful, time-tested healing option that has worked for others.

      November 10, 2013 at 17:33 | Report abuse |
  17. Hisword Ishealing

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    January 24, 2013 at 10:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. M

    hello everyone, well i was infected with herpes 3 years go unfortunately i get out-brakes once a month. this has ruined my life and is ruining my marriage. i am severely depressed i don't know what to do 😦

    January 29, 2013 at 22:01 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Amazing Grace

      Here it is, The Gerson Therapy: Max Gerson, M.D.
      One of the first alternative cancer therapies, The Gerson Therapy has successfully treated thousands of patients for over 60 years. Now, in this authoritative new book, alternative medicine therapist Charlotte Gerson and medical journalist Morton Walker reveal the powerful healing effects of organic fruits and vegetables. Not only can juicing reverse the effects of many degenerative illnesses-it can save lives. The Gerson Therapy shows you:
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      -Special juicing techniques for maximum healing power.
      -How to conquer allergies, obesity, high blood pressure, AIDS, lupus, and other diseases.
      -Which supplements will strengthen your immune system.
      -How to prepare delicious, super-healthy foods using Gerson-approved recipes.
      -And much more!
      This unique resource will help and inspire everyone who has ever said, "I want to get well. Just show me how." THE GERSON THERAPY offers a powerful, time-tested healing option that has worked for others.

      November 10, 2013 at 17:36 | Report abuse |
  19. kristy

    por favor todos estod donen en la pagina del dr bryan cullen de la universidad de duke por lo menos 1 dolar para que vean que vamos a contribuir somos muchos los que padecmos esta enfermedad no se quejen tanto y empiezen a donar

    February 8, 2013 at 17:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. donate

    http://www.herpescureresearch.org/

    February 15, 2013 at 12:45 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. Angry young mom

    I havent been diagnosed with herpes but from the things I have read online I'm pretty sure I have it. Problem is I havent been with anyone but my husband. He has had numerous affairs, but he has never showed signs of any disease. I recently had a clean bill of health but this past month i got blisters on my upper thighs that I thought were just from my pants. I work many hours on my feet and bought these cheap slacks from a discount store. My thighs are a little thick and I figured it was just from them rubbing. They didnt really look like the small cluster of blisters, they looked like chaffing. Then I got one big blister on my buttocks and after everything I had read and all the pictures I have seen...I am so sad. I too feel ruined. Worst of all my husband now calls me the cheater and I am not. I'm too scared to get checked. Is there any way of getting the antiviral medicines without prescriptions?

    February 17, 2013 at 15:33 | Report abuse | Reply
    • william schelling

      Google Gene Eden. I have not tried it yet, in fact I just found out about it. All natural remedy that fights the virus as well as other viruses.

      March 19, 2013 at 09:48 | Report abuse |
    • Amazing Grace

      Here it is, The Gerson Therapy: Max Gerson, M.D.
      One of the first alternative cancer therapies, The Gerson Therapy has successfully treated thousands of patients for over 60 years. Now, in this authoritative new book, alternative medicine therapist Charlotte Gerson and medical journalist Morton Walker reveal the powerful healing effects of organic fruits and vegetables. Not only can juicing reverse the effects of many degenerative illnesses-it can save lives. The Gerson Therapy shows you:
      -How to beat cancer by changing your body chemistry.
      -Special juicing techniques for maximum healing power.
      -How to conquer allergies, obesity, high blood pressure, AIDS, lupus, and other diseases.
      -Which supplements will strengthen your immune system.
      -How to prepare delicious, super-healthy foods using Gerson-approved recipes.
      -And much more!
      This unique resource will help and inspire everyone who has ever said, "I want to get well. Just show me how." THE GERSON THERAPY offers a powerful, time-tested healing option that has worked for others.

      November 10, 2013 at 17:37 | Report abuse |
  22. Adam

    I was diagaonsed in 2009. Haad really bad outbreaks. I was on acylovir, and it helped, but the sores kept recurring every few months. I found a lot of relief with hyperisince (a combination of potent antiviral herbs from the Nilgiri forest) haave been on them for 6 months now, and have had no outbreaks since. Hope this helps!!

    March 5, 2013 at 07:22 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. AnnaHope

    I had just about resingned myself to a sad lonely life with herpes. Tried all the western (valtrex, Avyclor, etc.) treatments and alternative (l-Lysine, Calendula, Licorice, etc.). Thank goodness the science continues to advance. My advice to others, Dont lose hope. Try everything. Keep positive. Back in 2012 I stumbled across viradux-au and no outbreaks since. May not be as effective for all since everyone responds to the virus differently, but it has been life saving for me. No more tingling or painful sores. Hope this helps someone.

    March 15, 2013 at 11:33 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Eden

      I just purchased it, I've been reading a lot of good things about this product. Thanks for sharing! Can't wait to see the results and it's effectiveness.

      April 15, 2013 at 20:39 | Report abuse |
    • Amazing Grace

      Here it is, The Gerson Therapy: Max Gerson, M.D.
      One of the first alternative cancer therapies, The Gerson Therapy has successfully treated thousands of patients for over 60 years. Now, in this authoritative new book, alternative medicine therapist Charlotte Gerson and medical journalist Morton Walker reveal the powerful healing effects of organic fruits and vegetables. Not only can juicing reverse the effects of many degenerative illnesses-it can save lives. The Gerson Therapy shows you:
      -How to beat cancer by changing your body chemistry.
      -Special juicing techniques for maximum healing power.
      -How to conquer allergies, obesity, high blood pressure, AIDS, lupus, and other diseases.
      -Which supplements will strengthen your immune system.
      -How to prepare delicious, super-healthy foods using Gerson-approved recipes.
      -And much more!
      This unique resource will help and inspire everyone who has ever said, "I want to get well. Just show me how." THE GERSON THERAPY offers a powerful, time-tested healing option that has worked for others.

      November 10, 2013 at 17:38 | Report abuse |
  24. Martin

    Here if you want to donate to the Duke University herpes research.
    http://cullenlab.duhs.duke.edu/faq/

    March 17, 2013 at 13:58 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. June

    There actually is a cure, but you have to go to Cuba. It's some kind of simple Hydrogen Peroxide treatment. Our government won't allow it but you can go through Canada. Drug companies will never find a cure or even listen to Cuba. Why should they? It's a very cheap treatment and they make a bundle on on acyclovir salve, over $600 a tube if you don't have insurance. No. They make so much money they will never accept that a cheap cure exists, but not here.

    March 24, 2013 at 23:46 | Report abuse | Reply
    • AnnaHope

      thats nonsense.

      I can't go into all the detail on my story, it would take a whole new webpage! I'll cut to the end, I found Viradux-AU. I am now cured. I mean cured. As in got back 2 ELISA IgG tests and they are both negative. It's a new product so word is just getting out.

      April 17, 2013 at 20:43 | Report abuse |
    • Amazing Grace

      Here it is, The Gerson Therapy: Max Gerson, M.D.
      One of the first alternative cancer therapies, The Gerson Therapy has successfully treated thousands of patients for over 60 years. Now, in this authoritative new book, alternative medicine therapist Charlotte Gerson and medical journalist Morton Walker reveal the powerful healing effects of organic fruits and vegetables. Not only can juicing reverse the effects of many degenerative illnesses-it can save lives. The Gerson Therapy shows you:
      -How to beat cancer by changing your body chemistry.
      -Special juicing techniques for maximum healing power.
      -How to conquer allergies, obesity, high blood pressure, AIDS, lupus, and other diseases.
      -Which supplements will strengthen your immune system.
      -How to prepare delicious, super-healthy foods using Gerson-approved recipes.
      -And much more!
      This unique resource will help and inspire everyone who has ever said, "I want to get well. Just show me how." THE GERSON THERAPY offers a powerful, time-tested healing option that has worked for others.

      November 10, 2013 at 17:39 | Report abuse |
  26. jason

    are you guys sure you can figure out a cure and funding wise what would it take to ensure a cure could be found money wise millions thousands

    March 25, 2013 at 01:16 | Report abuse | Reply
    • June

      Jason,
      They will never attempt to find a cure. Read my post above yours. They make so much money on treatments that they would lose if they had a cure. I read in Cuba they give the hydrogen peroxide intravenously and keep testing till they are sure its cured. The cost was pathetically cheap. Don't hold your breath for a cure.

      March 28, 2013 at 18:11 | Report abuse |
    • Amazing Grace

      Here it is, The Gerson Therapy: Max Gerson, M.D.
      One of the first alternative cancer therapies, The Gerson Therapy has successfully treated thousands of patients for over 60 years. Now, in this authoritative new book, alternative medicine therapist Charlotte Gerson and medical journalist Morton Walker reveal the powerful healing effects of organic fruits and vegetables. Not only can juicing reverse the effects of many degenerative illnesses-it can save lives. The Gerson Therapy shows you:
      -How to beat cancer by changing your body chemistry.
      -Special juicing techniques for maximum healing power.
      -How to conquer allergies, obesity, high blood pressure, AIDS, lupus, and other diseases.
      -Which supplements will strengthen your immune system.
      -How to prepare delicious, super-healthy foods using Gerson-approved recipes.
      -And much more!
      This unique resource will help and inspire everyone who has ever said, "I want to get well. Just show me how." THE GERSON THERAPY offers a powerful, time-tested healing option that has worked for others.

      November 10, 2013 at 17:40 | Report abuse |
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  28. June

    Don't fall for that crap Viradux AU. If there was a cure it would make headline news not be kept a secret. Go to their website. No information whatsoever, just add to cart and pay outrageous shipping. Some pay between $l40-$70 in shipping alone. I read this on other boards. Since herpes runs in cycles, of course it will eventually clear on its own and may stay cleared for months and even years regardless of any treatment. Others state that those affiliated with the company are posting all these miraculous cures, all seem to be coming from the same person. Don't fall for this scam. This is not the magic cure (that no one knows about, no less).

    June 7, 2013 at 23:06 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Amazing Grace

      Here it is, The Gerson Therapy: Max Gerson, M.D.
      One of the first alternative cancer therapies, The Gerson Therapy has successfully treated thousands of patients for over 60 years. Now, in this authoritative new book, alternative medicine therapist Charlotte Gerson and medical journalist Morton Walker reveal the powerful healing effects of organic fruits and vegetables. Not only can juicing reverse the effects of many degenerative illnesses-it can save lives. The Gerson Therapy shows you:
      -How to beat cancer by changing your body chemistry.
      -Special juicing techniques for maximum healing power.
      -How to conquer allergies, obesity, high blood pressure, AIDS, lupus, and other diseases.
      -Which supplements will strengthen your immune system.
      -How to prepare delicious, super-healthy foods using Gerson-approved recipes.
      -And much more!
      This unique resource will help and inspire everyone who has ever said, "I want to get well. Just show me how." THE GERSON THERAPY offers a powerful, time-tested healing option that has worked for others.

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  30. sn

    I bet you could get enough money donated for research by asking anyone who was diagnosed with HSV 1 or 2. I would put money towards a cure. Having cold sores every 4 months gets old.. its embarassing and painful.

    June 12, 2013 at 16:12 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Amazing Grace

      Here it is, The Gerson Therapy: Max Gerson, M.D.
      One of the first alternative cancer therapies, The Gerson Therapy has successfully treated thousands of patients for over 60 years. Now, in this authoritative new book, alternative medicine therapist Charlotte Gerson and medical journalist Morton Walker reveal the powerful healing effects of organic fruits and vegetables. Not only can juicing reverse the effects of many degenerative illnesses-it can save lives. The Gerson Therapy shows you:
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      -Special juicing techniques for maximum healing power.
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      November 10, 2013 at 17:41 | Report abuse |
  31. Ray

    Please help find a cure by donating what you can

    If you are interested in making a contribution, you may do so in one of the
    following ways:

    Online: https://www.gifts.duke.edu
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    "Professor Bryan Cullen account 3990310"
    (All gifts designated for this account must be credited to this account.)

    Mail: Please make check payable to 'Duke University'

    Kristina Amidon
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    Duke Medicine
    512 S. Mangum Street, Suite 400
    Durham, NC 27701
    Phone: (919)385-3155
    In the memo line of the check, please write: Professor Bryan Cullen 3990310.

    If have any questions, please contact:

    Kristina Amidon
    Major Gifts Officer
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    kristina.amidon@duke.edu

    July 18, 2013 at 10:59 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. Katelyn

    I contracted HSV-2 nearly 6 months ago. About 3-4 weeks later I had one small, almost unnoticeable and barely painful sore. I have not had any sores since. I am a female and was lead to believe it would be a much bigger outbreak the first time but since that small spot I have not had any issues. I would love to hear from someone in the medical field to explain more about the virus and what I can expect from it with the experience I've already had.

    July 27, 2013 at 17:56 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. Anonymous *

    Hi I am a beautiful young black girl with dreams of being a Model but unfortunately someone who always admired me living my life day to day as I walk outside A bright happy girl , someone decides to kidnap me & rape me & beat me up til I was unconscious & ruin all my dreams as I wake up the next morning I tell my mom what happened & we go to the hospital & the doctors tell me I have herpes ... What a terrible life for me .. I cried & I cried I wanted to die but then I realized My life isn't Over. Im'a keep trying and be something in Life & I want to be the voice for all the girls who gave up or committed suicide . I pray & hope sooner or later you can find a cure . So me & others can finally live our life happily because of those that took that away from us ..

    August 1, 2013 at 04:10 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. John

    It doesn't make sense about "not enough money for research"! If 1 out of 5 people have herpes, then the potential market for a cure vaccine would be astronomical! I would think the drug companies would be racing to get something to the market.

    August 17, 2013 at 14:08 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. Herpes ifected

    We are sick of the government playing with us and spread diseases, we know that you have the cure we know that you have something ultimate...we pay our taxes and we are a good people no clue why the do that !!!

    August 30, 2013 at 21:27 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. Mesco

    Even though we only get a bit of good news, but at least they can discover new things to kill the virus, although it looks difficult but we hope that things will go better soon... found it here : http://oneminuteherpescure.com/herpes-vaccine-research.html

    October 1, 2013 at 03:43 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. Ginny

    I suffered from Herpes simplex so badly as a child that one time I was sent home with what the teacher said was " school sores". I obtained a medical certificate explaining it was herpes simplex and was able to re-attend. I think it was mistaken at school because I had them not only on my lips but sometimes on my face and one time on my back as well. If I got a cold, had my period or not enough sleep or even a bit of sun burn, it would trigger an outbreak. This virus caused me great distress ( I don't think I had a school photo that was herpes free) But after my last dose of herpes zoster ( chicken pox) I stopped getting them. It has been over 15 years and I have never suffered from cold sores since this time. I had chicken pox at the ages 3, 17 and 24. The last 2 times the blisters were exactly the same as my cold sores, clusters not singular blisters like my children got. Between the ages 17-24 my outbreaks dramatically subsided. I can recall having one up my nose during this time. But after my last infection I have never suffered again. I have medical records that substantiate the severity of the virus when I was a child. I would happily assist any medical professionals if they wanted to examine my blood etc.
    I suppose if cow pox can inoculate against Smallpox then herpes Zoster ( chicken pox) could be a potential cure for Herpes Simplex (cold sores). I hope that's the direction scientist are heading in their search for a cure. I am living proof that people suffering from herpes can rid their bodies of this distressing virus.

    October 5, 2013 at 10:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. B

    HI guys I have had herpes a lil over 2 years now had a outbreak every month until a few months ago i haven't had one outbreak I made my self get on a diet with out any major sugars in my body just natural sugars. I read that sugars feeds diseases in our bodies. Working out and i have been drinking Acai Berry Juice mostly everyday if not when i think I'm going to have a out break. Hope this helps someone. Never Give up on your dreams because you have herpes or anything I did at first and now I have done so many things in the last 9 months because I decided the herpes will not win.

    October 23, 2013 at 17:32 | Report abuse | Reply
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  41. James

    I've discovered a lot about my HSV1 in the past few months. Instant triggers are L-Arginine (a lot of workout supplements have this in it, so be aware) and any form of ED medication such as Levitra. If you have herpes, beware of taking either of these things. They cause outbreaks in me within 24 hours of taking them.

    As for treating my HSV1, the second I feel an outbreak, I take 2000mg of L-Lsyine and 2000mg of Valtrex (4 pills). I realized for years I was only taking 1 pill at a time, and this was a huge mistake. Taking a massive dose at the start along with Lysine has dramatically improved my situation, and in a few cases, stopped the sore from even reaching a visible stage.

    I hope someday a cure can be found.

    October 24, 2013 at 20:55 | Report abuse | Reply
  42. Bethany

    I don't know exactly when I got herpes, but I had my first outbreak a little over a year ago. I got really sick, like near death sick, practically overnight. I ended up missing about a month of school. I have to identify with everyone else. Even though HSV-1 isn't life threatening, it's killing me. I feel ugly, I feel worthless, and I feel like "who would even want to be with me now" I'm terrified to have kids when the time comes, because what if they end up having it to? What if they feel the the same way I do? I'm fortunate enough that my boyfriend is super accepting, and not judgmental. But I'm terrified if things dont work out with him, how could I even try to go back into the dating world knowing that I can infect others. I wish the cure was closer! I don't want to have to wait until I'm 30 to start a family, and even if I did, what if the cure wasn't discovered by then? What if I put my life on hold for a cure that is never coming? I have had luck, popping the blisters ASAP and applying acetone nail Polish remover on them, my cold sores usually clear up in less than four days. It's probably not healthy but at this point I'm so desperate, I don't even care.

    November 1, 2013 at 07:09 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. netta

    I wonder if it would help if researchers were to conduct a study between patients who have herpes and have also had the shot for chicken pops in comparison to those who have herpes but never had the chicken pop shot. I also wonder if focusing on finding why the infection seems to only be active at the site of contact (rarely breakout in new areas) could help narrow the search for a cure that will isolate those cells or penetrate the layers of the skin so to be able to encapsluate and kill infected cells who'll not harming healthy cells. I think (and I'm no expert) that if we look to see how herpes is passed from cell to cell maybe we should focus on finding a cure that can capture the Virus actually when it reaches the surface since to me when the virus reaches the surface would this would open a pathway to the source of the infection anyway right?? Wouldn't it make it easier to work outside in than inside out since the virus seems to want to reach the surface

    November 3, 2013 at 09:22 | Report abuse | Reply
  44. netta

    What inside the body keeps the Virus alive? And what happens to the cells in the body that held the virus after a breakout are they becoming hosts for the virus once again or are they dying and the process of healthy cells being infected happening again (reinfection) overtime breakouts become less why is it due to the killing of cells that were hosts once before leaving the virus unhoused or is it due to the virus actually being sifted out of the body each time a breakout reaches the surface

    November 3, 2013 at 09:31 | Report abuse | Reply
  45. netta

    Okay my last post! Would the cure be lying with the comparison of cells for those people asymptomatic vs symptomatic? asymptomatic people are about 1/2 less contagious as those that are contagious than those symptomatic. And if this is true who holds more of the virus within their cells why? How? And are those cells still fully functioning after they become hosts for the virus?? Do the infected cells burst open the reason the virus reacts and escapes to the surface of the skin only to heal (sore) and once again return to the dormant layer ? I guess my biggest questions are how is the virus able to survive in the cells for so long even if it is encapsulated does the virus ever die during encapsulation and if the cell carrying the virus dies does the virus escape or does it wither as well. If there is a constant battle between the virus and cells how many cells can the virus take over at a time ?

    November 3, 2013 at 09:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  46. Brokenheartedpoet

    What are some free site where I can meet other people who have herpes. I just learned I have it and feeling a bit suicidal. I'm afraid I'll never be happy. But learning just how many people live with it gives me hope. But I still feel alone. Any suggestions?

    November 6, 2013 at 22:36 | Report abuse | Reply
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    -Special juicing techniques for maximum healing power.
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  48. Melodie

    Note to a friend:

    About your date... That's sucks! But I guess we can't blame him for not wanted to go through what we are going through. If he gets it and the relationships ends, he is stuck with it. At least he was descent enough to let you know.
    I wish genital H was not such a stigma. What's really funny and sad at the same time is people willing to date other people with oral H but not willing to date people with genital H. Or people with oral H not willing to date people with Genital H. People saying that oral H is ok but not genital H... It's the same thing! They already have H! In fact someone with oral H can give genital H to someone through oral sex, which is the reason why there is an increased number of genital H1. 90% of my girlfriends get coldsores... Oral herpes... They have no problems dating and none of them feel the need have a talk before they date. Oral H can actually be more armful then genital H it's closer to the brain, but when you have genital H you are treated like as a person who had Leprosy back in the days when they couldn't treat it. That just tells you how ignorant and miss informed people are.

    November 11, 2013 at 23:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  49. Tastentier

    Please don't advise Herpes sufferers that it is ok to have sex if they use condoms. Condoms only lower the risk of contracting HSV-2 by 30%. I never had unprotected sex in my entire life, and I still got infected. There is no protection when it comes to Herpes (or the human papillomavirus, for that matter). It should be a criminal offense for a person who is diagnosed with an STD to have sex with somebody without informing them about their medical condition.

    PS: This comment section is riddled with advertising for alleged Herpes "cures" and links to ominous sites that spread misinformation and try to trick gullible people out of their money. This should be criminal as well, because people who fall for this kind of fraud and falsely believe themselves to be cured go on and spread the disease. Please moderate the comments and mention somewhere that condoms offer very little protection against HSV-2, since the virus can be present in the entire pubic area, or on people's hands after touching their genitals.

    December 4, 2013 at 04:38 | Report abuse | Reply
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