Just goes to show you there's always someone working on something, even if they're not in the limelight of research. This also shows that experimental therapies, vaccines, etc can also be life saving like in this case... and they used a virus to edit the gene!
SURVIVAL OUTSIDE HOST: HSV virus survives for short periods of time outside the host. It can survive on dry inanimate surfaces (survival ranges from few hours to 8 weeks). They survive longer at lower humidity.
https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/laboratory-biosafety-biosecurity/pathogen-safety-data-sheets-risk-assessment/herpes-simplex-virus.html ”A few hours to a few weeks”!
Potentially good news? Now that the last missing piece of the puzzle has been found, this could help HSV also get some speedway I’m hoping?
Scientists Now Know HIV’s Complete Structure, Clearing Path To Cure
A recent discovery from the University of Alabama at Birmingham may provide new inroads to combating the HIV-1 virus, the retrovirus that can cause AIDS. Researchers have solved the last unknown protein structure, called the cytoplasmic tail of gp41 protein, of the virus. Thanks to the tireless work of countless researchers, we now know the complete structure of HIV-1 which could provide important insight on how to properly fight the virus, as well as others with similar structure.
I wonder if more non-human species keep getting affected will that cause more attention to be given to herpes in humans...?
Today, my mom gave the sex talk to my kid sister.
She, knowing of my diagnosis, told her that one of her friends has a child with herpes, and it is a very terrible disease and something she has to be wary of and to remember to always be safe, use condoms, know your partner's status, and get tested.
Well, that "child" of her "friend" is me. Her other daughter. Her 21-year-old daughter who was either stupid or unlucky enough to have contracted herpes. To have had it destroy the very fiber of her being. To have her spiral into a pit of unrelenting depression, making her incapable of accepting the idea of being with anyone for the rest of her life.
My experience has been extremely traumatic. My body is constantly trying to destroy me. Physically providing me with pain, agony, and discomfort I did not previously know possible.
Emotionally flooding my head over and over with my inner voice screaming worthless, dirty, disgusting, infectious, a pariah.
Therapy has made it so that I no longer cry every day. It has made it so the urges to take my own life are less frequent. I am able to breathe now, and while the breaths are painful, I am no longer suffocating.
But small events like these, quick little conversations -- they remind me of the crippling pain I have gone through and am going through. They remind my of my life. They remind me that I'm still falling.
Anyone who suffers terribly with unusual symptoms and doesn't understand what's going on, we need to talk, because I can't be the only one
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