Re: Are they looking for a cure?
The "vaccine" someone spoke of in an earlier post, is not a treatment, or cure, for someone ALREADY infected (like me). I've had herpes for about 17 years and mostly considered it an annoyance until now. Resistance to acyclovir based drugs occurs and with acyclovir being the only thing available for herpes this is a problem. This is a problem for anyone with herpes infections including shingles (herpes zoster). The problem is that when you go on some other medication(s) (for cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, MS, etc.),(or have HIV) your immune system becomes supressed and then the herpes virus lets loose and can be deadly. I never really knew this until someone I knew got herpes zoster in the brain while on treatment for MS. I'm sorry for being so negative about this, but I'm a bit scared (for the first time) about having this and hope a real treatment/cure is being developed. For this disease, when you are healthy it's not really a problem, but when you become ill it can create serious complications. PS- a doctor will typically have you take a daily dosage of Famvir, Valtrex or Acyclovir while on treatment for other immune suppressing conditions. Then the problem of toxicity occurs when taking chemo for some other condition and your liver, etc. suffers. Typically, people will be on anti-depressant meds as well. Sorry, I'm feeling very bad about this right now.... Got any good news?