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    • Voyager2
      Sure hope this pans out. 
    • Voyager2
      Don't forget there are two promising vaccines on the prophylactic front (but only pre-clinical): The Trivalent vaccine worked well on guinea pigs:  https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32347775/ The Einstein (Xvax) vaccine also has a ways to go: https://x-vax.com/ The fact HSV529 is in yet another clinical trial is good news for herpsters. 
    • Davrk8
      thank you for the info. I am uncircumcised. I applied some clotrimazole cream during the last outbreak I noticed, which seem to do the trick (around a month ago). But now, there new dots are appearing at a different location on the glans. Wasnt sure if balanitis can come back so soon or if it could be something else. 
    • Josse
      Looks like mild balanitis. If you are uncircumcised then thats normal every now and then due to accumulation of yeast and the irritation of the foreskin
    • MikeHerp
      I think the simple reason is that this is a fund raiser that was started by our community rather than by Fred Hutch.  Or rather, FHC started it in response to our request.   I still think they should somehow feature it in their pages.  But anyway, that's just how they do it. Keep in mind that FHC's main focus is curing cancer.  It's a cancer research institute.  They might feel that putting stuff on their website that isn't directly related to cancer might give people the impression, especially cancer cure donors (who are by far the main donors to FHC), that FHC is losing its focus. So we have to work within these limits.   However, I do draw strength from the fact that FHC has tried to help us with the fund raiser.  Among others: 1.  When the new research paper is released, FHC has gotten an agreement with a prominent sexual health blogger, to promote the research and the fund raiser. 2.  There is another potential promotion in the works that might get back on track if the US is able to get the coronavirus under control. So FHC has actively helped us to promote the fund raiser.
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LightafterDarkness

Should You Get Tested For Herpes? An Ob-Gyn Weighs In

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LightafterDarkness

Interesting take and good to see articles like this fighting any perceived stigma:

"Maybe 10 years ago, herpes had more of a stigma, but it’s so common—kind of like an abnormal pap smear—that doctors simply don't see it as something to be treated. If somebody’s got high blood pressure, we give them medicine for their high blood pressure so it doesn’t get worse. If somebody’s got herpes, we give them medicine to keep them from having frequent herpes outbreaks. That's it."

https://www.womenshealthmag.com/health/a25780597/herpes-test/

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IcantThinkofaName

That article sucks. no offense to you. Just saying. Obviously written by someone who doesn't have herpes.

They should test everybody for it, mandatory, then it will be de-stigmitized as more people will know they have it , there will be less judging and less spreading it.  

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Unlike some other STDs, there are no significant long-term health implications of herpes.

This attitude is frustrating. On the one hand, I appreciate that herpes is being destigmatized. On the other hand, it shouldn't be normalized -- having a lifelong infection should be prevented if possible. We can eradicate herpes, and this attitude makes it seem like it's not a worthwhile task.

Having a lifelong infection that causes repeat occurrences is not a good thing. Having to take medicine to prevent outbreaks for the rest of your life is not a good thing. In the future I think we will look back and see this more clearly.

Herpes must be cleared from the brain and more science is connecting herpes to brain diseases like Alzheimers. It's still early but I predict we will see a solid causal link be discovered in the future.

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0966842X20300743

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In humans, levels of circulating anti-HSV immunoglobulins, considered as markers of HSV-1 reactivation, have been positively correlated with an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease (AD).

Experimental data show that HSV-1 infection of neurons activates neurotoxic pathways typical of AD, and repeated HSV-1 reactivations in the brain of infected mice produce an AD-like phenotype.

 

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hopeing

Maybe I'm not dealing with this well, but since realizing I have Herpes I've not been the same at all.
It has affected all aspects of my life. I really wish I could dismiss it so easily, but anytime I start to feel vaguely normal I have breakouts and this just makes me think physical intimacy is almost impossible.

The 'treatments' basically take 5% off the symptoms, they almost do nothing at all.

I also disagree that its hard to pass on, regular sex with a partner in a committed relationship seems very difficult to achieve safely from where i'm sitting. I don't think they really collect stats from couples to know.

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LightafterDarkness

I am sorry to hear @hopeing and I agree 100% that once you have HSV you are forced to deal with this pesky annoying virus. Still, I encourage you to keep thinking good thoughts as good news will eventually come (my eye is on both pritelivir as a functional cure and Xvax as a preventive vaccine to protect your loved ones).  Mental health is half the battle with this virus.

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