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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. famvir

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    May 24, 2019 at 07:30 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. ukabuo

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    May 24, 2019 at 07:54 | Report abuse | Reply
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    May 27, 2019 at 14:37 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Gregory Phil

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    May 29, 2019 at 13:21 | Report abuse | Reply
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    June 3, 2019 at 08:37 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Namrie*Richard

    This is real take it serious, who will believe that herbs can cure Herpes, i never believe that this will work I have spend a lot when getting drugs from the hospital to keep me healthy, what i was waiting for is death because I was broke, one day i hard about this great man who is well know of herpes and cancer cure, i decided to email him, unknowingly to me that this will be the end of the HERPES in my body, he prepare the herb MEDICINE for me, and he send it through courier services he also told me how many days it we take to get to me, so i actually receive the herbs he give me instruction on how to take it, at the end of 2 weeks, he told me to go to the hospital for a check up, and i went, surprisingly after the test the doctor confirm me negative, i thought it was a joke, I went to other hospital it was also negative, then I took my friend who was also suffering from cancer to the Dr ibhafidon after the treatment she was also confirm free . He also have the herb to cure cancer and the diseases listed below;
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    7. BARENESS/CANCERS
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    June 4, 2019 at 16:45 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Stephen Nelson

    I actually was told otherwise, that the herpes and Hiv can not be treated and that there is no way to make it go away once you have it. But I decided to do my own research and found out it is possible to fight it.. I got a lot of information about it here in forums and online,I got Dr Aliyu contact on a group were a man from Cordova was sharing his testimony of how he cured him of herpes so I decided to give him a try I emailed him through aliyuabdulkareem82@gmail.com he called me to know if I actually wanted the cured after which the cure was sent to me few days later I was surprised when the same doctor who told me that I was diagnosed of herpes told me that I was completely free from herpes you can reach him through his email aliyuabdulkareem82@gmail.com or through his WhatsApp 2349066471626 if you are diagnosed and also wanna be free from this deadly virus because he is really gonna be of help to you. Just Believe

    June 6, 2019 at 19:14 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Dr. Alfred

    Few months ago I was Comfirm that I have herpes virus and ever since then I have been on research on how I will get rid of my Herpes but on one faithful day i saw someone testifying about Dr Alfred Orume and she was saying that she was cured from herpes virus and also I quickly copy his WhatsApp number and I sent him a message and he told me that I need to get some herbs which i purchased and he told me that he will ship the herbal medicine to me through UPS courier service and he also told that his herbal medicine is going to take five days to cure me from herpes and behold his herbal medicine work accord to him and i am free from herpes now and Dr Alfred Orume is a wonderful man and he is the best doctor I ever met in my life and he is the best doctor in Africa call him 2347053109489 you can also WhatsApp him via
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    June 8, 2019 at 06:07 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. Susan Shaw

    Herbal medication is the only way to get rid of this diseases and i have seen the result if it personally cause i was once herpes positive but get rid of it with the help of herbal medicine i got from this link below i will advise anyone who really want to cure herpes to get the herbal medication Dr Ofua ofure herbal healing home call/whatsapp 2347059497969
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    June 10, 2019 at 22:44 | Report abuse | Reply
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    July 2, 2019 at 07:27 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. pamela

    hey friends just feel like sharing this,
    "I have HSV 2 since i was 22 and am about age 26 Valtrex became available. I was taking 1 gram daily (somewhat consistent) until about about 1.2years ago. It was great, and I didn't have one single outbreak in almost 6 months, nor did my two long term ex's get the virus. Unfortunately, I developed an allergic reaction from long term use, and can no longer tolerate it without major skin rash, major itching, hypersensitivity and also had some hair thinning. I'm trying Famvir, but so far was back to having outbreaks.until one faithful day I was browsing through the Internet searching for remedy on HERPES and i saw comment of people talking about how DR ogbekhilu cured them, when i contacted him he gave me hope and send a Herbal medicine to me that i took and it seriously worked for me, am a free person now without any problem, my HERPES result came out negative, i am now cured permanently.
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    thanks

    July 4, 2019 at 17:25 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. Katherine Jenkins

    I want to appreciate Robinson Buckler for using his herbal medicine to cure my Herpes virus I was diagnosed of herpes, I have been living with this virus and it has been giving me challenges, I was so perplexed cause i have been taking several drugs to be cured but all of my effort was in vain,one morning i was browsing through the internet then i saw several testimonies about Robinson Buckler curing people from Herpes virus and immediately i contacted Robinson Buckler on his Email: Robinsonbuckler @hotmail. com, i told him about my troubles and he told me that i must be cured, he gave me some instructions and which i rightly followed, so he prepared a herbal medicine for me and sent it to me which i used for 2 weeks and everything was like a dream to me and my Herpes virus was totally gone, why don't you contact him today and be free from your diseases because he is very good and honest Doctor.

    Florida, United states
    Age 46

    July 15, 2019 at 00:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. Patricia Shiels

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    July 15, 2019 at 03:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. Roger Chen

    Am Chen Roger by name, i was diagnosed with Herpes 4 years ago i lived in pain with the knowledge that i wasn't going to ever be well again i contacted so many herbal doctors on this issue and wasted a large sum of money but my condition never got better i was determined to get my life back so one day i saw Mr. Morrison Hansen post on how Dr. Okasi saved him from the VIRUS with herbal medicine i contacted Dr. Okasi on his Email: okasiherbalsolution@ outlook. com we spoke on the issue i told him all that i went through and he told me not to worry that everything will be fine again so he prepared the medicine and send it to me and told me how to use it, after 14 days of usage I went to see the doctor for test,then the result was negative, am the happiest Man on earth now thanks to Dr. Okasi God bless you..

    July 17, 2019 at 09:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. Nai

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    July 23, 2019 at 07:19 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. Nai

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    July 24, 2019 at 08:30 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. drajagbo

    I never believe that I will be Herpes Negative again,Dr Ajagbo has given me reasons to be happy, i was Herpes positive for 2years and all the means i tried for treatment was not helpful to me, but when i came on the Internet i saw great testimony about Dr Ajagbo on how he was able to cure someone from Herpes, this person said great things about this man, and advice we contact him for any Disease problem that Dr Ajagbo can be of help, well i decided to give him a try, he requested for my information which i sent to him, and he days,and after which i should go back to the hospital for check up, well after taking all the treatment sent to me by Dr Ajagbo i went back to the Hospital for check up, and now i have been confirmed Herpes Negative, friends you

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    July 31, 2019 at 19:24 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. uribhorbreezegreatherbalhome

    Depoimento sobre como eu estava curado totalmente do vírus do herpes.
    Eu sou um português, a vida nunca foi fácil comigo desde que eu descobri que eu estou infectado com o vírus da herpes, eu andei por aí procurando uma saída para obter remédio natural para herpes, mas ainda assim nada estava se movendo frente, nem voltar não até conhecer o Dr. Uribhor, eu expliquei tudo para ele e ele me mandou as ervas pela DHL, comecei a usá-lo, me surpreendendo depois de um mês, me curando totalmente de herpes e agora meu resultado está mostrando negativo, tudo graças para médico para o que ele fez para mim, contatá-lo em uribhorbreezeherbalhome@gmail.com e número whatsApp é +2348102558553.

    August 17, 2019 at 00:53 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. William

    How can i ever stop saying thank you to Dr Oliha, After taking his product today my sexual life is health and balance am living up to my wife expectation. For the past 11 years i have been struggling with weak erection and premature ejaculation. I have spend money on it but no cure until i took this product from Dr Oliha just within few days i got cured. for his products contact him email (olihaalex@gmail.com)
    or WhatsApp/Call +2347058081638

    August 17, 2019 at 21:37 | Report abuse | Reply
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