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Voyager2

Study predicts when HSV is least likely to be transmitted

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Voyager2

This study is from April 2014, so it might have already been posted here. The University of Washington schools of Public Health, Medicine and the Fred Hutch Institute in Seattle jointly conducted the study and predict that if your viral load of HSV DNA is less than 10,000 copies, transmission is unlikely.

http://sph.washington.edu/news/article.asp?content_ID=4525

Anybody know how viral load is estimated and how or whether we can find out what it is? This might be useful to know - unless the number bounces wildly over and under 10,000 from day to day.

I had a UW Western Blot blood test taken years ago to confirm HSV and got the result over the phone. I was only told HSV antibodies were present.

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AychEsVee

Yah, it's good that we have a goal, but for now, unfortunately, there is no good way to guage when we're shedding or how much.

Personally if they could invent a device for this, I think it would do amazing things for those infected and public awareness.

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Mellisuga

I think there are a few studies where they test for shedding by having participants volunteer to take swabs. That's how they've arrived at the stats for asymptomatic shedding. Beyond that though, I'm pretty clueless on the studies.

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Voyager2

I think it would be good to know this number. If it were much higher than 10,000, a person could take steps to lower it. First with a low dose of acyclovir/Valtrex daily. Then with an increased dose if needed. Then with another antiviral, such as any of the upcoming vaccines when available.

If every infected person could reduce his/her viral load to the point where it can't be transmitted or cause outbreaks, I think the virus would be defeated. But with so many infected worldwide, it might be tough.

An even better way would be to remove it from the body permanently, which is the goal of the Jerome and Cullen labs.

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Sweet7

The UofW has some newer information tallied up. This video takes a while but explains a lot about shedding and is an eye opener. But I don't like the reasoning for not trying live vaccines. I looked at that study and don't feel it is a good enough reason. Anyhow, the shedding studies they have performed there are much more accurate. If a person wanted to get a shedding study completed, you have to contact Teri Warren. I have tallied up the cost of doing the swabs as if you are in a clinical trial. It would cost a little over 4K USD. She is the only way to get that completed that I have found.

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