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Looking forward to 2009: Herpevac

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So, the results of the Herpevac clinical trials should be announced next year.

Does anyone have any recent news on developments?

One of the last news stories (2007) I can dig up says they were looking at 73% effectiveness for the vaccine

The downside is that it's only for women, and the vaccinated individual must currently test negative for both HSV-1 and HSV-2.

Despite these limitations, this sounds great. A partner with this vaccination, combined with condoms and antivirals, and you reduce the odds of transmission to something so ridiculously low we'll be into decimal points on the percentage.

The suspense is killing me...

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I just wrote a long message and then it didn't load for some reason, grrrr. Really wish that this vaccine was highly effective in men - and that I had gotten it back when I wasn't seropositive. :(

Anyways, looks like Herpevac isn't totally ineffective in seropositive people (women?) - page 2: http://cadth.ca/media/pdf/108_No71_vaccine%20for%20herpes_edrug_e.pdf - it says 38% effective, which I guess isn't enough to bring it into production for but seems to me to be enough to try it out to see if it will minimize symptoms. So I might get the vaccine just to see what happens (could hardly make it worse...).

The only thing that would suck (for a heterosexual man or a lesbian woman with HSV-2) would be to meet a woman who was already positive for HSV-1 -- then it wouldn't be effective in her. That's why this vaccine should be administered to the very young as soon as possible. Also, it looks like the data will come out in 2009 and the actual vaccine will be available in 2010. Wow, this stuff takes forever...

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The vaccine won't take if the recipient already has HSV-1. Altho having HSV-1 in itself is somewhat protective against catching HSV-2, apparently, assuming you have built up antibodies to HSV-1 for at least 6 weeks beforehand.

I don't trust the effectiveness of vaccines so much in general, and they can also have undesirable effects on your immune system -- and may only provide protection for a few years, or not at all.

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Effectiveness really isn't the point. If this thing is heavily marketed, it will lead to more public awareness about herpes.

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