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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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floydmonk

Herpes Pandemic

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floydmonk
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Imagine an unfortunate time where some novel herpes virus starts spreading around and killing people (let’s say it was genetically engineered and spreading by air)

Imagine 8 months into this pandemic billions had been spent on education and prevention of the disease.

Most importantly several vaccines and new therapeutics were just on the horizon, months away from market with promising clinical trial results and all the FDA red-tape stripped away.

Imagine if the world treated Herpes as the pandemic that it really is. Perhaps not a largely deadly epidemic, but an epidemic nonetheless.

I bring this up because Moderna, one of the innovative companies using brand new, untested RNA editing technology is currently at the forefront of coronavirus vaccine development. Just under a year ago they were a candidate company for a herpes vaccine. 

Furthermore, and I think this has been discussed at length now, consider the impact that this “all hands on deck” approach to viral research of coronavirus has costed other efforts to cure things like herpes.

Just food for thought. Stay Positive y’all. 

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I hope so, I think in a positive sense, if some new, never before approved editing technology like Moderna’s RNA vaccine is successful, it would set a precedent clearing the way for acceptance of such technology and increase funding and research to cure viral disease.

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