Living With Herpes
Genital Herpes is on the rise and is one of the most common STDs in the USA. One out of four women and one out five men are infected with the genital herpes simplex virus (HSV-2) infection.
Genital herpes is a particularly nasty sexually transmitted disease (STD), and what’s worse is that there is no cure.plus once you have been infected the disease lives in your body forever. Herpes is caused by the simplex viruses type 1 (HSV-1) or type 2 (HSV-2), with most genital herpes being caused by HSV-2.
Once you have been infected you will experience herpes symptoms such as:
- flu-like symptoms
- swollen glands and fever
- Tingling, itching or burning in the genital area
- A dull ache in the pit of your stomach
- Pain in the buttocks
- Sharp pains that run down the leg
- Painful sores in and around the genitals or buttocks
The initial outbreak is usually the most severe with subsequent outbreaks being less in severity each time. An outbreak can last from 2 to 10 days, and occurs at different intervals. Some people suffer an outbreak every month whilst others can have experience an outbreak twice a year.
A New Vaccine For Herpes Sufferers
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline are working together to develop a vaccine for genital herpes, whilst BioVex, a biotechnology company, has actually designed a new ImmunoVex HSV2 vaccine.
The vaccine is based on a live but weakened form of HSV2 that has been engineered to eradicate the four genes that enables the virus to hide from the immune system. The aim is that the vaccine will allow the body to generate an immune response capable of preventing infection.
BioVex researchers found that animals that had been injected with the vaccine did not go on to develop symptoms of HSV2. Clinical trials will now take place in London
Topical Medication for Herpes Sores
An outbreak of herpes is very painful and in order to cope with the sometimes, excruciating pain you will encounter you may have to take pain relief.
In addition there are various antiviral medications available that have the potential to stop replication of the virus, but cause side effects that are quite severe and pose a threat to your body.
Instead of taking antivirals some people are using topical gels that have no side effects, deals with outbreaks before they occur and make the outbreaks less severe.