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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. melody

    Stephanie, it's a lilttle more tricky, but you can still find someone who loves even if you have Herpes. Most of us are afraid of rejection, being judged or simply other people knowing about our condition. Also you can catch herpes even if you use a condom.

    November 15, 2010 at 22:30 | Report abuse | Reply
    • True Cures

      It's a lot more tricky Stephanie. Matter of fact it is all a trick. Don't underestimate the power of truth. Every cure and every thing that is good relies on TRUTH. If you don't demand truth all you will get is marketing ploys and greed. If medicine relied on truth they would be curing herpes right now. Does medicine have the truth and refuse to use it? Well, you will have to be the judge of that.

      November 16, 2010 at 12:01 | Report abuse |
  2. asd

    i have genital herpes for last two years and now i am pregnant. will my baby come in this world negative from herpes virus if i have a c-section?

    November 17, 2010 at 15:21 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. asd

    i am pregnant and i had genital herpes for last 2 years do i need to have c-section during labor? will my child be herpes free?

    November 17, 2010 at 15:23 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jay

      Hi asd

      Firstly congratulations, you need to consult your doctor I have read information saying if you are pregnant it would be beneficial to be on antivirals to ensure you do not have an outbreak whilst giving birth but everything will be fine 🙂

      Just consult your doctor and make them aware and take their advice

      November 18, 2010 at 16:14 | Report abuse |
    • True Cures

      asd,

      Watch out for the fear propaganda. If you let the concerns of something like herpes scare you it will hinder you natural immune capabilities by the stress it will needlessly create.

      Learn the truth about herpes and learn to build your immunity so you no longer have signs and symptoms yourself.

      The more you stress over it the more you will suffer from the condition. The more clean water you drink, the more sleep you get and the more you control your stress while avoiding chemical substances the healthier your immune system will be and the less likely you will have any issue with your pregnancy during or after and that includes the child's health.

      November 20, 2010 at 17:38 | 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 20:33 | Report abuse |
  4. Sam

    David Flowers, what site did you use to create petitions that automatically send out an email once someone signs the petition?

    Thanks!

    November 19, 2010 at 06:51 | Report abuse | Reply
    • True Cures

      change.org

      November 20, 2010 at 17:39 | Report abuse |
  5. Paul

    Please sign this petition. It automatically generates an email to your representative and the White House.

    http://www.petition2congress.com/2/3738/increase-herpes-research-funding/

    November 20, 2010 at 14:27 | Report abuse | Reply
    • True Cures

      The fact is, actions must be taken to end suffering from any diseases. Your signature on Paul's petition here and herpsters a few comments higher is free for you and a reasonable action. You need to sign the petitions but you also need to be aware of how much money is already available for herpes research. There is a surplus supply of money for herpes research. There is enough money donated to Duke and University of Florida to fund herpes research until 2020. The cry for more funding is such a perfect answer to medical research, it gives them an EXTREMELY profitable excuse to not come up with a cure or worthy treatment. They say, "we don't have enough money" to come up with an effective treatment and people pour money in to the apparent failing research.

      You need to sign the other petitions because you do not know whether my comment here is factual or not, but don't fail to cover all your bases. Take the time to sign all the petitions. My petition does not label you with herpes and it too sends letters to the house of representatives. My petition does not require one dime for research it only requires unity by people who would like to see cures made available that cannot be patented and sold to you as medicine.

      My petition can provide cures for herpes today if it gets enough signatures. Sign my petition to use cures that already exist. There is nothing in the way of you being cured of any disease but sufficient signatures. Once I get 30,000 or more if need be, medicine unpatentable cures will either become available finally or it will force medicine to offer you their own cure. Use my petition to force medicine to cure you instead of only asking for more funding for research that already has unlimited funding in the first place.

      http://www.change.org/petitions/view/will_medicine_and_science_use_a_cure_that_cant_be_patented_not_wo_your_help

      November 20, 2010 at 17:56 | Report abuse |
  6. PAUL

    TRUE CURES, PLEASE CHECK YOUR FACTS. FLORIDA AND DUKE HAVE RECEIVED AROUND 350K IN THE LAST 2 YEARS FOR HSV RESEARCH. IT TAKES ON AVERAGE 200 MILLION TO BRING A DRUG TO MARKET! THIS IS A FAR CRY FROM 350K.

    Please sign this petition. It automatically generates an email to your representative and the White House.

    http://www.petition2congress.com/2/3738/increase-herpes-research-funding/

    November 20, 2010 at 18:19 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. B

    Check your facts. Dr. Cullen has received about that amount. NOT DR. BLOOM. Plus, the money is distributed in increments. It does cost millions of dollars to develop a drug, but marketing a drug is different from drug development. Marketing drugs will cost far more than developing a single drug. Stop trying to confuse people.

    November 21, 2010 at 01:03 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Another Sufferer

    If 1 in 5 Americans suffer from this, then we are talking approximately 50 million people! Probably more, as some have probably not reported it and have not been officially diagnosed. In any event, I am sure that most of these 50 million people would be willing to donate $5 to find a cure. Isn't there a "Herpes Society" like the "Cancer Society" where we could all donate money to help fund research?!

    November 21, 2010 at 14:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Li

    Another Sufferer, you can donate to Professor Bloom, Cullen or Knipe. Also, there is a petitions to sign (above) and below:

    http://health.change.org/petitions/view/please_increase_herpes_research_funding

    Support is needed to make a change. Get involeved and lobby the governmnent for changes to occure.

    May God Bless!!

    November 21, 2010 at 14:53 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. It has happened.........

    Testing CNN's censorship.

    November 22, 2010 at 18:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Censorship

    CNN is surely cutting you all off of cures. They will allow you all to be money changers, demanding funds to be sent here and there when you should be demanding cures be sent here and there. If you want to be cured, YOU HAVE NO CHOICE but to read all the post by David Flowers and True Cures on this blog before CNN removes them.

    David Flowers

    November 22, 2010 at 18:12 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Censorship

    Lamisil Tablets cure all herpes.

    November 23, 2010 at 17:28 | Report abuse | Reply
    • generic

      Do generic brands work as well? Thanks

      November 29, 2010 at 16:00 | Report abuse |
  13. Jerry

    In the early '80s there was lots of effort and money directed at finding a cure for herpes. Then HIV/AIDS came along and there went all the virologists/immunologists, lab space, and funding. Since herpes rarely causes fatalities even if untreated and HIV/AIDS has a near-universal mortality rate if untreated herpes will not likely see many resources dedicated to it's treatment/elimination until after a cure has been found for HIV/AIDS.

    November 23, 2010 at 18:08 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. dizzy

    ooook, i have spent the last couple hours reading the initial cnn/gupta story f/b comments. I hope there will be a cure...acc and sec come on boys! Flowers...dude your killing me. hang it up. peace.

    November 29, 2010 at 00:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Skylar

    There has to be a cure out there if you just combine everything might work like if take a vitamine E jell pill take the liquid out you can use that which is good for skin mix that with achohol and protrollium jelly and everything thats on the market and freeze it to about 28 degrees it wont freeze because of the alcohol and it being cold would make it dormant.

    November 29, 2010 at 21:58 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. negative9

    Guys check out the latest update research from Prof. Bloom research
    visit this website below,
    http://www.herpescureresearch.org/

    December 2, 2010 at 21:56 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. Anonymous

    Has anyone heard of used the natural remedy called dynamiclear...Does it work?....Is it legal?? Etc??

    December 3, 2010 at 11:19 | Report abuse | Reply
    • J

      Hi No Dynamiclear does not work I have tried every product out there its a load of baloney!!! I think its something like $90 a bottle what a rip off!!! The best stuff ever to use on a facial cold sore is Lomabrit its a german cream and you can use a lomabrit which has sunscreen aswell I went on a sunny holiday and could tan for hours by using lomabrit I would highly reccomend you check it out

      December 13, 2010 at 18:20 | Report abuse |
    • J

      Also lomabrit is like $5 a bottle what a bargain 🙂 also check out the herpes virus foundation in the UK they have the best remedies to buy they told me about lomabrit and I am forever grateful to them

      Remember all these companies advertising they have the cure for herpes are just trying to make a quick buck dont let them play on your feelings my friend

      December 13, 2010 at 18:26 | Report abuse |
  18. sat6

    I donated $ 2000 to Dr Bloom research I believe he is very close for HSV cure.

    Gift Summary:
    Transaction: UFF-GIFT_1003987
    $2,000.00 to fund (016081)

    Professor Bloom still needs donations which allows him to research HSV1 without delays due to funding. All those interested, can send donations to Professor Bloom via web at the link provided below.

    HSV-1 Online Giving page – https://www.uff.ufl.edu/onlinegiving...undCode=016081

    December 4, 2010 at 01:16 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Craig

      Can you pleacse email me??? I'd like to ask you something.

      April 26, 2011 at 17:19 | Report abuse |
  19. B

    FYI, scientist are currently working on a vaccine for HIV/AIDS. I read about it a while back on the Melinda and Bill Gate Foundation. That project alone was granted a few million alone. Best believe Melinda and Bill donated that money toward the research. I'm sure a cure will come for the herpes simplex virus. I'm sure over the next 50 years will be to eradicate all the herpes simplex viruses. Start with 1 and work your way up to 8.

    December 4, 2010 at 03:41 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. DRIVEN

    TRUTH FINDER IS RIGHT.

    I JUST WROTE THAT ABOVE..

    LOOK AT THE VIRUSES THAT HAVE CURES WHEN THE SWINE FLU CAME OUT KILLED PPL SO THEY MADE A CURE IN WHAT ONE MONTH..

    HERPES SO MANY PEOPLE ARE TAKING THESE SUPPRESENTS AND AS LONG AS TE GOVERNMENT MAKES MONEY THERE WILL NEVER BE A CURE THE WAY HERPES IS SPREADING A NEW CASE EVERY 10 MINUTES DO THE MATH IN A DECADE ABOUT 75% OF THE POPULATION WILL HAVE SOME FORM OF HERPES..

    IT'S CRAZY THEY CAN FIND A CURE BUT EVERYONE SPENDING MONEY IN THE PHARMACY ITS NEVER GOING TO HAPPEN DONATE, I DONATE TO THE UNERVERSITY OF FLORIDA THEY ARE TRYNG TO FIND A CURE, MAN OVER 5 MILLION PEOPLE IN THE US ALONE NEVER MIND THE OTHE 80% WHO DONT KNOW THEY HAVE HAVE IT BUT 5 MILLION WHO DO DONATE UST A DOLLAR IM SURE THEY COULD FIND A CURE..

    SOMEONE NEEDS TO BE SPOKEN AND START A REAL LOUD MOUTH TO A CURE IF NOT SOON EVERYONE WILL HAVE HERPES.

    i wrote to oprah's site IT SAYS THEY ONLY NEED LIKE 240,000 ALL OF US WITH THIS SHOULD DONATE THEY WILL HAVE MILLIONS EVERYONE NEEDS TO TRY

    I HAVE A TERRIBLE BACK DUE TO HERPES IT IS A BIG DEAL!!

    BUT EVERYONE IS STAY SHUT TO EMBARRASSED TO SPEAK ABOUT IT WELL THEN DONATE, ITS RIDICULOUS

    HERPES CAUSES UTI'S OTHER INFECTIONS, BACK PAIN AND THEN OB'S I MEAN COME ON WHO WANTS TO SUFFER LIKE THI DEFINITELY FEMALES....

    LIFE TRULY IS UNFAIR

    December 4, 2010 at 12:21 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. DRIVEN

    I JUST WROTE TO THE PRESIDENT THREW THE LINK PROVIDED ON THE COMMENTS THIS IS WHAT I WROTE AND IS A TRUE STORY BUT I DOUT I'LL GET AN ANSWER BUT HERE IS WHAT I WROTE TO HIM MAYBE SOMEONE WILL READ THIS AND OFFER ME A CURE OR DO SOMETHING,

    T DDNT HAVE ANY HEALTH PROBLEMS UNTIL THIS ENTERED MY LIFE, MY BACK CONSTANT UTI'S AND OUT BREAKS TWICE A MONTH, I GOT BEAT UP, IM DESTROYED PLEASE A CURE AT LEAST FOR ME I'D DO ANYTHING IVE DONATED OVER 3,000 TO DR.BLOOM UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA, I DON'T MAKE MUCH BUT EVERY LITTLE EXTRA PENNY I DONATE ANNOYMOUSLY SO NO ONE FINDS OUT I HAVE THIS. PLEASE I KNOW YOU CAN DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS. I WORK IN THE MEDICAL FEILD I HELP SAVE LIVES PLEASE HELP ME SAVE MINES.
    -- BROKEN HOPE SHATTERED DREAMS

    December 4, 2010 at 12:43 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. B

    **ACTION NEEDED*** Let's Get The Herpes Funding Issue in USA Today
    We can bring some more light on this subject by suggesting to the USA Today that they put a story in their paper about lack of funding and then number of people affected, links to Alzheimers and HIV. Please consider doing your own letter of sending this one in one form or another... If you copy and paste this letter it will take you all of 1 minute!

    The link to their place to do this is:

    http://feedbackforms.usatoday.com/ma...e.aspx?type=12

    Select Health and Story Suggestion in the Drop Down Boxes. If they get enough "suggestions" maybe they will put in paper and get us some more attention. Worth a try.

    My letter to them is:

    There is a huge focus on better treatments for AIDS and this is a great idea. Much less attention, if any, is given to a disease that affects MANY more people worldwide – HERPES. Notwithstanding it's painful effects, blisters, sores, stigma, etc. It has been proven to lead to AIDS, yes it increases one's chances of acquiring AIDS threefold. Further, it has been linked to Alzheimers as well.
    In the last 30 years, since Valtrex, there hasn't been a single drug to hit the market to prevent or treat Herpes sufferers. Several researchers believe they may be able to cure the disease (Bryan Cullen at Duke and David Bloom at Florida); however, they don't have sufficient funding to adequately pursue.
    Genital herpes affects up to 20 percent of the population over 18 and Facial Herpes affects as much as 90 percent of the people over age 50.
    This needs some attention andn I hope you will do some research and place a story in your paper about this.
    Thanks for your time and consideration!
    Or you can send your own message on why this virus needs exposoure!

    December 4, 2010 at 15:15 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. Brian

    I have read many of these responses.. and when one of you comes across this site typing in google the cure for herpes ..you will stumble across all of these poor suffers. First let me say i got the bug when i was 19, im 22 now.. and i don't have if any breakouts.. my back and my forehead... but its no big deal. When i first found out.. i went into a coma.. a madding depression for almost a year.. i stopped talking to friends and family i thought my life was over. NO your life isnt over..... 1 n 5 people have it..... dont let your self be trapped like the virus has you ... get out there and live... be normal have a family.. love ..and kids... maybe you cant come out and say it.... but believe me its not a big deal.. most people can withstand any outbreaks.. dont let it ruin your life... live .. this is a message of hope.. so what you pass on the virus ..do you want to spend your life alone... or do you want see whats out there? i have kissed individuals that have never developed cold sores.. maybe one day there will be a cure.. but for now live

    December 10, 2010 at 02:16 | Report abuse | Reply
    • life is what you make it

      hey i got both when i was 18 and now im 21 but u r right lifes too short one day your here the next your gone. more people die daily then those who catch this crap so appreciate life while u have it

      December 15, 2010 at 02:47 | 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 20:41 | Report abuse |
  24. solid9

    CANCER CURE MEDITATION?

    Guys i found this Cancer Cure Meditation site. Very interesting i guess.
    http://cancercuremeditation.org/

    Is this cancer cure meditation can really remove viruses?
    I have herpes and hpv and I tried meditating and i feel much comfortable now than before.
    How do i know the virus is completely remove thru meditation?

    By the way has anyone try meditation to remove herpes or hpv?

    Thanks

    December 11, 2010 at 22:40 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. steven

    i got hsv-1 when i was about 10 from a friend who drank off my water and now im 18 i had stopped getting them for a couple years but now im getting them every couple months i think its because of smoking weed because for the past couple years ever since i been smoking it everyday ive been getting them every couple months, they really need a cure for it because it just ruins ur life its always on your mind 24/7 and whenever i get one i wont walk out the door, LITERLY, they really need a cure i would pay any amount of money for it seriously i cant even imagine how good life would be without this horrible disease, seriously cant even imagine...

    December 15, 2010 at 08:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. Shannon H.

    A cure can be profitable, so drug companies would not be discouraged from finding one. But, it's much easier to research ways to suppress actions in the body than eliminate infected cells, especially when there's dormancy present. But the idea of causing all dormant virus-infected cells to become active so that they can be killed off sounds fabulous. There are non-profit organizations that fund research for all kinds of diseases. There's no reason there shouldn't be one for herpes. Don't wait for money to come from the government. Get the millions of dollars people like you or me (with or without infection) would be willing to donate.

    December 16, 2010 at 09:25 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. Shannon H.

    The one-in-five adults statistic refers to those with genital herpes. Several sources say 80-90% of adults are infected with oral herpes. Since any of those can infect another person through intimate contact, then everyone with whom these 80-90% of adults are intimate are at risk. Note that children who get cold sores may have gotten the virus during childbirth from their mothers, even if they (mother and child) were asymptomatic for years prior.

    If you are infected, don't let your infection prevent you from finding happiness. There are dating sites specifically designed for you so you don't have to have the unpleasant conversation. It's known from the start.

    December 16, 2010 at 10:26 | Report abuse | Reply
    • rc

      So, what is the name of a good dating site? I've looked at a couple. What scares me is they include HIV – and well, I'd really rather not encourage that person. GH is bad enough.

      January 8, 2011 at 12:49 | Report abuse |
  28. J

    http://www.news-medical.net/news/20101208/AiCuris-announces-completion-of-AIC316-Phase-II-genital-herpes-trial.aspx

    Hi guys thought I would share this with you!!! good news there is a new drug thats nearly completed should be early 2011
    This will be much better than acyclovier and valtrex you will have to copy and paste the link about time they started to bring better drugs to the market for herpes

    Also check out this link Dr Bloom Pepsi refresh project they won the funding

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oc369WbH6KU&w=640&h=390]

    December 18, 2010 at 14:44 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. sill

    Here is how you fix this stop buying all the meds and give what you would pay for meds to duke university to get it done till it does stay on them tho and demand on knowing where all the money goes for this and maybe even visits to see the research lets create our own tribunal to make sure they do what is intended with our money stop buying the drugs send it to duke some making corp pokets fatter so stop if you want a cure they will never get or find the cure if you keep feeding them... point blank dont be stupid

    December 19, 2010 at 21:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. Mb

    I would like more info

    December 20, 2010 at 06:30 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. H

    Hi everyone. Has anyone of you heard or read or know anything about this researcher who says thet her product is helping thousand of herpes infected people to eliminate the virus in 72 hours ? It doesn't seem to be realistic ,I just wanted to share this info with you .Her name is Natalie Foy ,Researcher ,her website is http://www.herpesantidote.com/
    Nathalie Foy
    Author
    Business Ladder ltd
    +44( 0)191 645 2425

    December 20, 2010 at 21:23 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. TP

    I just wanted to add what others have previously stated, "this is capitaistic greed at its finest." Because people are willing to spend a couple hundred dollars, every month or every herpes outbreak" these rich drug companies are going to recieve revenues from the sale of their treatments which only manage the virus and its syptoms. So basically these already super rich drug companies are guarenteed a payment every so often in regards to herpes treatment, as long as those people live! Guranteed revenues for the duration of a person's life, wickedly sick!! I hope the good work people are doing in eradicating the Herpes viruses-when actualized-are available to all with minimal or no costs!!! Down with these corporate leeches making continous money off of our pain and suffering, for shame!

    December 23, 2010 at 21:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. so stupid when i was young

    I agree with Pepe1970

    When i was 18 (30 yrs ago) during my 1st encounter with a girl the same age as me I was infected with oral herpes...I dunno which type,all i know is I have tiny white heads in the corners of my mouth on my lips....I had great teeth, but now going to the dentist has become so embarrassing to me I have let that go to the point of no return.... Without hesitation I can say this dreadful virus has kept me from living a normal life,no children,never been married,family members treat me like a leper.. Depression is my best (worst) friend..... Ironically the girl that infected me was killed in a car crash several years later, poor girl, but stopped its spreading on that end.......I on the other hand i`m sure,during my many drug induced encounters of my past have done my part in its spread.....If you ever met me you would never know, but its like a voice always in my head, If I could only turn back time,I have been saying my entire life......I hate this disease and what it has done to my life, its like being in prison.......

    December 25, 2010 at 15:55 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. solid9

    i have herpes test.

    December 25, 2010 at 22:09 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. solid9

    http://www.herpescureresearch.org

    December 25, 2010 at 22:12 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. J

    Hi everyone just wanted to share this with you

    I have tried EVERY PRODUCT ON THE MARKET you can think of with nothing that really helps

    I get coldsores on my nose which is the most embarrassing thing ever, I dread going on sunny holidays worried the sun will cause a flare up i tried a product called Lomabrit Salve $5 a it has sunscreen in it aswell and it works amazing!!!!

    Got to http://www.herpes.org.uk buy it online at this company and TRUST ME it has stopped so many of my coldsores forming its the best product on the market

    December 29, 2010 at 11:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. kittu

    please save the mankind herpes is eating humans and healthy human genes plz find a cure for Herpis and HIV

    January 1, 2011 at 07:15 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. KK

    I ask the drug company owners and the scientists to please find a cure for Hsv-1, HSV-2 and HIV etc., because these virus are eating total mankind. I think one day may be after a few generations there wont be a single person left out from these dirty viruses.They wont discriminate anybody may be our child or yours. I request you not to think in a commercial manner please find a cure or at least a vaccine and get the blessings of the god through the sufferers and next generation.

    January 2, 2011 at 23:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. GlassEmpty

    There will not be any cure.
    1.because drug companies want to make money of the valtrex and famvir.. etc.
    2.docrots will not help you, they wont you to come back tomorrow and tell them this crap is not working, give me something else, chi-ching for them.
    3.no one really cares about this virus, even thought its allot more easier to catch then aids... so no research is being done there are no funding for it... again no one cares, well f-u then, last time i gave any donation at the grocery store for any of disease research.. I DON'T CARE EITHER.

    January 4, 2011 at 17:26 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. simpleguy

    Can someone tell me if there is a kit out there that can verify if you are experiencing the shedding or an outbreak about to come, please let us know.

    January 4, 2011 at 17:57 | Report abuse | Reply
  41. rc

    for coldsores – campho Phenique gel is the greatest. Look for the label that says "with drying action" For the genital – soaking in Epson salt helps. As does Hydrogen Peroxide – applied to the infected area.

    January 8, 2011 at 12:42 | Report abuse | Reply
  42. John

    I have read a lot of comments on here about no one wanting to fund a cure because treatment is too profitable. I know for a fact that at least 20 percent of the adult population wants a cure. You know how much money can be raised by 40 million people. And as far as curing it goes, new cases are still going to occur for drug companies to cure. So its not like drug companies still couldn't make money from the new cases of herpes. It's just going to take someone with some influence to tear down the social stigma and raise awareness about the disease. We just need someone that is going to organize a herpes cure movement. Just like celebrities that speak for cancer or AIDS. When forty million people want something. There is absolutely no reason why they shouldn't get it. To say you would rather see that money spent another way is just tells me you don't have herpes. Becuase it may not be life threatening, but it is emotionally devastating. I am 100 percent positive if the doctors at Duke advertised that they needed funding they would have enough money to have a cure by 2012. I would hand over my life savings for a cure.

    January 9, 2011 at 00:06 | Report abuse | Reply
    • DRIVEN

      i completely agree, i previously posted my story and wrote similar judgement to yours. im going n 23 i got it when i was 20 and he denied it completely but i live in manhattan to much pressure so i havent dated since and my doctor says i couldve got it from my 1st who cheated on me, but any way i donno why no one is speaking up no one is making a movement i donated.

      I DONATE AND I WROTE TO THE WHITE HOUSE BELIEVE T OR NOT THEY ANSWERED AND CALLED ME I WAS TO CHICKEN TO ANSWER I DONT WANT NO ONE TO FIND OUT I HAVE GH BUT IM RECONSIDERING IT NOW IF I CAN START A MOVEMENT FOR A CURE IT JUST HAS TO BE POSSIBLE,

      AFTER ALL THE SWINE FLU BIRD VIRUS THEY FOUND A CURE IN TWO MONTHS BECAUSE PEOPLE WERE DIEING PPL DO DIE THE BABYS THAT HAVE NEONATAL HERPES AND IT IS NOW BEING LINKED TO FURTHER DISEASES WHIH IM FRIGHTENED BY.

      January 11, 2011 at 14:21 | Report abuse |
    • help

      But look at all the money 'The race for the cure' is bringing in. Pink is plastered everywhere, from yogurt to sports teams. They surly have the funding for a cure but where is it, is it just all something to make them feel better that they have an outlet for their cancer. I hate to be Debbie Downer but I dont see a cure for herpes coming to light, herpes is something that society sticks in the back of the closet. Something that is hard to talk about, its not like going to the dr for any other ailment. Its a hush hush appointment.

      March 2, 2011 at 08:48 | Report abuse |
  43. Will

    https://sites.google.com/site/herpescure2011/

    January 11, 2011 at 17:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  44. im not sure

    I am 23 years of age and im not sure if have herpes 2 i know that i do have herpes1

    it started when I was 17 I had jus lost my virginity and yea i did a dumb move tha girl ripped the condom of because it broke and we continued a short period after my penile area became red I became nervous thinkin maybe I jus have a rash so i webnt to the doctor and he told me it was genital herpes without a blood test and gave me some antibotics I fell to the floor on my knees and cried like a little baby to hear such news is more than anyone in the world can handle it got so bad that i became bipolar and a manac depressant and also had anxiety problems there is no way to really explain what one person feels when they hear that they have genital herpes the thoughts that run through your head the emotions you cant control and there are only a few words that haunt me THE WORDS THERE IS NO CURE YOU WILL HAVE THIS FOR LIFE that is the only thing that can bring a man too his knees and cry the things you think about first Im gonna be single for the rest of my life how will I ever be able to tell a girl I like that I have genital herpes how will i ever have kids obvouisly you dont want your children to have it and the final thought is life really worth living anymore I tried so many times to take my own life but I couldnt always thinkin about my single mother raiseing my siblings alone the thought that im the first born im the man of the house now I have responsiblities however the doctor gave me meds and after two years we conducted another blood test and he said I have good news and bad news the good news you dont have herpes 2 the bad news you have herpes 1 the joy that you get after you hear that is like no feeling in the world its like you finally got your life back its like god gave you a second chance at life now I am 23 years old and had a partner who was a compolsive liar and after intercourse the second day I had a cut on my forskin and it looked like something that I was not hopeing for at all I immediately started crying screamin at her wat is this wat did you do to me who did you get it from where who how and she of course did not cheat so i said if im going through this you have to be there to hear the news I will not endure this alone we went to the doctor and he gave me some signs of relief saying that it is not herpes its a yeast infection and boy that thing didnt go away for 2 months even with meds finally it went away my girlfriend who is now my ex packed her bags and lied and said she was going to visit her parents she went to greece and said thats it its over im stayig here now that she is gone after we broke up 4 months later it came back now im doubting its a yeast infection and sidein more with its gotta be genital herpes but i dont have the heart to go to the doctor and get blood tests done Im scared of results and what i might do to myself everytime I see it there i have panic attacks anxiety depressed wanting to die I dont even wanna go to the bathroom anymore cuz i know its there and then it goes away and comes back and goes away and comes back its been two months it has left and now im seeing redish

    i guess the whole thing about this long ass message is herpes is not life threating however it is embarassing as hell you cant tell no one of your friends because they might use it against you you cant live a ordinary life you always feel like your living a lie living on the edge you dont wanna go to work you just want to dig your own grave and live in it and you cant take the truth of a blood test now here I ask you since so many people have it where is the awareness of it yes its embarassing only because people dont talk about it we need to let the world know yes ok we messed up somewhere along the lines or where lied to our you jus didnt know but we need to say to the world yes its out there and we are praying for a cure but without funding we are always gonna live this the doctors and scientist dont live or lives they dont understand were we are coming from we live in america we are supposed to be the number one country on this planet people die to come here

    I know there is a cure sitting in someones lab that no one wants to open there mouth about because there millionairs that created these antibotics are makeing so much money that they are so selfish about the money they are makein why make the cure then no one on this planet will want these antibotics they will want the cure and they will loose out on there money now here I ask you if you could change one persons life and give them hope that they can have a normal life again why dont you it should be a sin that you dont help there is a higher power that you will eventually have to answer to and wat will you tell god sorry umm i was makein so much money i was stuck thinking of greed and how to make my pocket even fatter forgive me lord no way Im sorry I say if you can change one persons life you should think of the people you are helping to regain there life back and rejoyce that your able to make a change in life as children we are brought up to learn how to make life better we go to school everyday to learn how to make a change in america the children are the future well guess what the children have grown up were is the change in the future so I TELL EVERYONE AMERICA WHO EVER IS READING THIS IF WE CAN BRING AWARENESS TO HIV AND AIDS AND BREAST CANCER OR ANY OTHER LIFE THREATHIMG DISEASE WHY CANT WE BRING AWARENESS TO HERPES SINCE ITS THE NUMBER ONE STD IN THIS COUNTRY INSTEAD OF PUTTIN MONEY ON NUCLEAR DEVICES AND HOW TO KILL AND BLOW UP OTHER COUNTRY EVEN INVADE THERE COUNTRY TO MAKE A CHANGE I SAY THE CHANGE SHOULD START HERE IN THE RED WHITE AND BLUE LETS WORRY ABOUT OUR CITIZENS BEFORE WE WORRY ABOUT WEAPONS LET MAKE LIFE A LITTLE EASIER AND GIVE MORE FUNDING TO HELP THIS COUNTRY IN ITS EMBARASSMENT LETS HELP MAKE A CHANGE LETS CHANGE PEOPLES LIVES SEE I USED TO ASK GOD WHY BUT I ALSO BELIEVE THERE IS A REASON FOR EVERYTHING AND I BELIVE MY REASON IS TO HELP MAKE A CHANGE HELP PEOPLE BE AWARE THAT ITS OK TO TALK ABOUT IT ITS NOT A SIN WE CAN HELP FIX IT I SAY INSTEAD OF MAKEING THE RICH RICHER I SAY FOR EVERY DOLLAR THEY MAKE ON THERE ANTIBOTICS AND PREVENTION OF OUTBREAKS THEY GIVE 10% OF EVERY DOLLAR TO FUNDING SO WE CAN MAKE A CURE ALREADY AND LIVE NORMAL LIVES LIKE EVERYONE YOU SEE IN A HAPPY FAMILY PICTURE WE DESERVE IT WE HAVE ENDURED ENOUGH TORMENT AND CRYING EVEN TRYING TO TAKE OUR OWN LIVES BECAUSE OF SUCH A THING THINK OF YOURSELF IF YOU HAD TO HEAR A DOCTOR SAY TO YO UMM SORRY THERES NO CURE YOU HAVE TO LIVE THE REST OF YOUR LIVES LIKE THIS SO SORRY TO TELL BUT AS SOON AS YOU LEAVE THIS ROOM ILL BE FINE ILL GO HOME TO MY FAMILY SO THINK IF IT WERE YOURSELF WOULDNT YOU WANT A CURE HELP MAKE THAT HAPPEN thank you if you read this message that means you are smart enough to listen and think about others

    January 12, 2011 at 00:41 | Report abuse | Reply
    • shy

      you are absolutely right there is a cure but they are so stuck in their greedy ways we will never see a relief. i find your words very powerful and enlightening. Lets pray for change no one understands the pain and embarrasment thats associated with this virus.

      January 20, 2011 at 00:07 | Report abuse |
    • Jenali G

      thats just beautifully put! I agree with you completely!!!

      January 29, 2011 at 23:33 | Report abuse |
    • where is the help

      with all the praying going on where is the cure should have been here long ago, for this virus and all the rest of the problems in the world, I always prayed for health but I got genital herpes, so what is the point in praying I have totally lost my faith.

      March 2, 2011 at 08:58 | Report abuse |
  45. Estelle Pistelli

    I am very thankful to this topic because it really gives useful information *;'

    January 19, 2011 at 16:30 | Report abuse | Reply
  46. thereishope

    after reading these comments my heart was instantly broken, i wanted to cry for all of you. trust me, i know your pain, but like someone had mentioned earlier god loves u still and there is nothing he cant do, just keep praying and have faith, my sister told me thather friends uncle was on his death bed from aids, and the power of a praying team had prayed over a hankerchief and the man recieved it in africa, and he was cured. he had no aids the docs and everyone was shocked. so there is hope your life is not over just keep the faith and keep praying!

    January 24, 2011 at 02:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  47. thereishope

    i am going to school to find a cure for it and hopefully change lives and restore hope. screw the money. i would do it for the ppl that have to suffer so pray for me guys that i am successful in finding a cure

    January 24, 2011 at 02:14 | Report abuse | Reply
  48. dudeman56

    someone needs to infect politicians with this disease so the funding gets moved quicker

    January 28, 2011 at 23:09 | Report abuse | Reply
    • trust

      the thing is that if they are infected they arent going to want to come out and say so and create a bill and funding because like always they will become the outcast and the leper. All their colleagues will know that they have the virus and steer clear just like they do to me.

      March 2, 2011 at 08:30 | Report abuse |
  49. Jenali G

    The world isn't over I try not to think so. I have a cold/sore that developed 2 days ago I have been managing it. I bought manuka honey and lysine recently to help control if I do have the virus herpes 1 I still have to get checked, its hard to because I dont have insurance and I just moved here to New York 7 months ago. I live with HPV and Mrsa, so for all you people trying living with all that and trying to finsih college and get my priorities straight. Its hard not having someone to talk to besides your doctor about it. Im becoming closer to God and keeping myself at ease.

    January 29, 2011 at 23:23 | Report abuse | Reply
  50. frustrated

    Funding hurdles? FUNDING HURDLES?

    We can afford to destroy then rebuild nation after nation...but a disease that 1out of 5 people have, which causes inimitable anguish in its victims...has funding hurdles.

    That's such utter BS. Seems like SOME billionaire *with* herpes would bankroll its' research. Our profit-driven model for a healthcare system is being defended by some seriously mindless folks who apparently can't understand that THIS is one of that system's results.

    God help us.

    February 5, 2011 at 00:51 | Report abuse | Reply
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