Hi Free73. Thanks for responding and for the welcome. My outlook is actually super optimistic, though that might not be so evident in my post. H presents a situation in our lives that will for sure precipitate a change. Barring a comprimised immune system, it's really up to each of us, individually, what that change will be. Getting to know someone well enough to decide if they are a person you trust with deeply personal information before you sleep with them will, in truth, probably save you tons if trouble as the years pass by. And really, in my experience that has been the only significant impact hsv has had on my life.
I'm really happy to be here on this site.
I agree with Rational Vaxxer in that some herpes+ people have formed a deep personal connection with the infection, and have become one and the same with it. I suspect this is some kind of coping mechanism. They see vaccines almost as a threat to their identity. It's truly bizarre.
Hi Lily, welcome and thanks for sharing your story and for your generally optimistic and positive outlook. Fear of the future is the biggest problem most people seem to have with this virus, but it's always nice to hear from someone who has lived with it for so long who can provide hope for others newly infected or struggling for acceptance.
I am actually quite offended by that because I'm not a sex cheetah or a sex addict and I have been on those sites for years and I know a lot of people who are on those sites and they are decent people. I have also met a lot of boyfriends off that site and sure they did not work out but they were nothing like what you are saying.
If herpes was routinely tested, I think you would find the rates of both genital and oral herpes would be through the roof, especially oral. I am a classic example of someone who got genital symptoms but brushed them off as an ingrown hair or a pimple because they were so mild. Until last year, at 43, I got a rash/lesion the size of a nickle on my butt cheek in exactly the same spot, 8 weeks apart which got me curious enough to go to my doctor who decided to take a swab. Positive for genital herpes. With the benefit of hindsight, I suspect I may have had it for 10 years or longer.
We don't test for hsv through blood tests in Canada. We also don't swap for herpes unless requested. Most people who have herpes don't know they have it. So I'll take the world health organization stats over your anecdotal findings.
Now that we're on the topic though. The truth is you're going to catch some type of std if you have a reasonable sex life. HPV rates are at roughly 70%. 1 in 5 men get ghsv. It's going to happen. There's not even much point on building an app around it. As an app developer it would be a waste of my time to do so.
Admedus is also a gD2 subunit vaccine not a live attenuated. There are only 3 live attenuated HSV vaccines in the pipeline that I know of (2 of which are in human clinical trials)
Rational Vaccines Prophavax HSV2
ICP0 Deletion mutant
Sanofi Pasteur HSV-529
UL5 and 29 deletion mutant
Albert Einstein Medical Center (unnamed)
I can't recall the gene they deleted but it the virus doesn't produce surface protein gD2
All of the others I know of, including and especially the Admedus vaccine, are either DNA subunit (Admedus, Vical) or Protein subunit (Genocea, Agenus, most others). All of the vaccines mentioned include the gD2 protein (or the DNA to encode it) though some also include a few other genes/proteins (Vical and Genocea specifically).
Well the average number of days is actually 4, with well over 90% of infections resulting in symptoms by day 10 if they're coming. Hence yes in the clear so to speak.
Are you male? The transmission rate from a female to a male where condoms and antivirals are used is extremely low. Maybe of the order of 1% per year. Given the length of infection there is good reason to believe the risk is indeed very low.