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Half of Americans have cold sores 12% have genital herpes

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 20:14:09 +0100

Both the typically oral and genital forms of herpes are common STDs that cause lesions which can leave people vulnerable to other infections, like HIV. New CDC data reveal that rates of herpes are finally falling. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

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Fewer Americans Are Getting Herpes

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 16:02:04 +0100

Roughly 12 percent of adults were infected with genital herpes (HSV-2) in 2015-2016, down from 18 percent in 1999-2000, a new government report found. (Source: WebMD Health)



Fewer Americans Have Herpes, But the Number is Still High

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 05:01:26 +0100

A new federal report reveals some good news about herpes: fewer Americans are getting the virus. However, nearly half of American adults have the first type of herpes simplex virus. According to the new findings, released Wednesday by the National Center of Health Statistics (NCHS)—part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)—the prevalence of both strains of herpes is down. Herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) and type 2 (HSV-2) can both cause outbreaks of sores. HSV-1 typically causes cold sores on or around the mouth and is often spread by kissing, and HSV-2 can cause genital outbreaks and is spread by sexual intercourse. But it’s now common to get genital herpes from both strains, likely because of oral sex. “This is an excellent finding, because...



How Common Is Hereditary Angioedema?

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 00:58:55 +0100

Discussion Angioedema is edema that is non-pitting, self-limited occurring in non-dependent areas usually in an asymmetric distribution usually on the lips, face, hands, feet, genitals and also in the bowel. It usually develops over minutes to hours (often 1-2 hours) with resolution usually within 24-48 hours. Angioedema often occurs with urticaria but 20% of patients may have isolated angioedema. Acute allergic angioedema is often caused by drugs (including antibiotics and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), foods, infections, insects, various organic substances (i.e. latex, preservatives, formaldehyde, etc.), and other allergens such as animal danders, dust mites, pollens and molds. Common triggers in children are infections including the viruses Coxsackie A, Epstein-Barr virus, Hepa...



Did'Nutcracker Man' Give Us Genital Herpes?

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 17:53:32 +0100

The ancestors of modern humans may have gotten genital herpes from a now-extinct relative. (Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post)

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This early human ancestor is to blame for genital herpes

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 08:21:44 +0100

Herpes has been around a long time, to say the least. (Source: CNN.com - Health)



Meet the hominin species that gave us genital herpes

Sun, 01 Oct 2017 04:00:00 +0100

(University of Cambridge) New research uses innovative data modeling to predict which species acted as an intermediary between our ancestors and those of chimpanzees to carry HSV2 -- the genital herpes virus -- across the species barrier. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)



Cambridge's Genocea cuts staff and shelves lead drug in major shakeup

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 21:38:38 +0100

Cambridge-based Genocea Biosciences said Monday that it is laying off around 40 of its 100 employees and seeking to unload a genital herpes vaccine program as it shifts its focus to developing cancer treatments. Genocea (Nasdaq: GNCA) said it was ceasing all spending and development activities related to GEN-003, which the company previously touted as a potential blockbuster. Genocea said it was “exploring strategic alternatives” for the vaccine, typically shorthand for a sale or other transaction. T he… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)



Mothers-to-be at higher risk from STIs from oral sex

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 08:48:09 +0100

STIs in pregnancy can cause serious problems for a baby. Genital herpes in third trimester means there's a 50% chance baby will get it, says nurse and author Terri Warren from Portland, Oregon. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



How Common Are STIs?

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 00:01:06 +0100

Discussion Of the 30 different microbes which can be transmitted by sexual contact, 8 have the greatest incidence of transmitting disease. Four are curable (Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Syphilis and Trichomoniasis) and 4 are incurable at present (Hepatitis B, Herpes simplex virus (HSV), Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and Human papillomavirus (HPV)). Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are important as they can cause: Increased rates of acquisition of other STIs (ie HSV and syphilis increase the rate of HIV infection acquisition) Pelvic inflammatory disease and infertility Stillbirth and neonatal death Neonatal morbidity including low-birth weight, prematurity, conjunctivitis, pneumonia, sepsis, and congenital abnormalities Genital cancer In high-income countries diagnosis usually includ...



Early Symptoms of Genital Herpes

Thu, 18 May 2017 07:00:00 +0100

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5 STI Myths That Just Won't Die

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 15:02:50 +0100

For Glamour, by Suzannah Weiss. Nobody wants to hear it, but it’s true: sexually transmitted infections are incredibly common, and even the most careful among us can contract them. Culturally we are trying to talk about the realities of STIs more often, but there are still a lot of misconceptions out there. If you’ve heard one of these myths repeated, we’re declaring once and for all: It’s not true. 1. If you had one, you would know. Half the human population gets an STI at some point in their life, and a lot of them don’t know it. “STIs can fly beneath the radar for months or even years and exhibit no noticeable symptoms,” says Samuel Malloy, M.D., cofounder and medical director of DrFelix. Chlamydia is the STI most likely to appear without sympt...



How To Tell Your Partner You Have An STD

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 21:03:53 +0100

When Sarit Luban, a 27-year-old writer from Boston starts dating someone new, there’s a conversation she has to have first. Luban, who has genital herpes, says she has a couple of different approaches to disclosing her sexually transmitted infection. Sometimes she introduces herpes casually, as one of many facts about herself. Other times, she opens up the conversation by talking about STIs generally, and asking about the last time her partner was tested. “I don’t apologize, and I don’t go into how I got it,” she says. “It can be as simple as, ‘Hey, I want to have sex with you. If you’re into that, I want you to know first that I have genital herpes.’ I like to give people space to ask questions, and I frame it as a discussion that...

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Short Film Explores What It’s Like To Find Out You Have An STI

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 18:21:37 +0100

A new short film from BuzzFeed Yellow shows just how terrifying it can be to find out you have a sexually transmitted infection.  The video titled “Getting Tested” features a young woman going to the doctor to find out if she has an STI. The film is an important reminder of how easily people can contract STIs; it doesn’t matter how many people you’ve slept with or if you’ve mostly had safe sex ― a lot of it comes down to bad luck.  As the young woman is laying on the doctor’s table getting the exam, she says, “This is really not like me... I’ve only had sex with, like, five people.” The doctor tells her she might have genital herpes, but it’s much more common that most people realize. One in every six&nb...



Do Women Really Need A Yearly Pelvic Exam?

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 19:36:52 +0100

Experts are still debating whether women need a pelvic exam at their yearly visit to a gynecologist, according to a new report. The report comes from a government-appointed expert panel that reviewed hundreds of studies on pelvic exams and concluded that there isn’t enough evidence to make a recommendation either for or against pelvic exams for women who don’t have symptoms of gynecologic conditions and aren’t pregnant. The panel, known as the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), said that more studies are needed to better assess the potential benefits and harms of routine pelvic exams. In the meantime, the decision of whether a woman should have a pelvic exam should be shared between the patient and the doctor, the report said. The decision should consider the e...



Link between herpes in pregnancy and autism is unconfirmed

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 12:00:00 +0100

Conclusion This was a Norwegian case-control study that looked at whether maternal infections during pregnancy are associated with the risk of neurological developmental disorders such as autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) in their children. The study initially found no association between any of the pathogens during pregnancy or after delivery, and the development of ASD in boys or girls. Further investigations suggested that high levels of HSV-2 virus antibodies during mid-pregnancy were associated with increased risk of the development of ASD in boys. The researchers suggest that the suspected risk of ASD associated with high levels of virus is not down to the HSV-2 virus itself but the impact of inflammation and the subsequent activation of the immune system on child development during...



Autism risk linked to herpes infection during pregnancy

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 19:18:01 +0100

Women actively infected with genital herpes during early pregnancy had twice the odds of giving birth to a child later diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to a study. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)



Medical News Today: Genital herpes in pregnancy may raise autism risk for offspring

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 18:00:00 +0100

Researchers suggest that mothers with a greater immune response to herpes simplex virus 2 in pregnancy may be more likely to have children with autism. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)

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Autism risk linked to herpes infection during pregnancy

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 05:00:00 +0100

(Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health) Women actively infected with genital herpes during early pregnancy had twice the odds of giving birth to a child later diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to a study by scientists at the Center for Infection and Immunity at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. Results appear in mSphere, a journal of the American Society for Microbiology. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)



New genital herpes vaccine candidate provides powerful protection in preclinical tests

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 09:00:00 +0100

Approximately 500 million people around the world are infected with the genital herpes virus known as herpes simplex virus 2 (HSV2). A vaccine that could bring an end to this global pandemic is needed desperately, yet no candidate vaccine has ever performed well in clinical trials. Now scientists in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania have shown that a new type of vaccine provides powerful protection in standard guinea pig and monkey models of HSV2 infection. (Source: World Pharma News)



Genital herpes vaccine shows promise in animal trials

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 07:08:15 +0100

The vaccine could be nearing human clinical trials, researchers say (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)



Could this jab STOP genital herpes?

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 22:22:25 +0100

Around 500 million people have genital herpes. But no experimental jab has ever achieved strong or consistent results in a clinical trial. Now, a jab at the University of Pennsylvania, has. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



New genital herpes vaccine candidate provides powerful protection in preclinical tests

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 21:34:44 +0100

Approximately 500 million people around the world are infected with the genital herpes virus known as herpes simplex virus 2 (HSV2). A vaccine that could bring an end to this global pandemic is needed desperately, yet no candidate vaccine has ever performed well in clinical trials. Now scientists have shown that a new type of vaccine provides powerful protection in standard guinea pig and monkey models of HSV2 infection. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

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Genital herpes vaccine shows promise in animal trials

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 21:03:47 +0100

Dennis Thompson, HealthDay News A new vaccine for genital herpes could be nearing human clinical trials, researchers say. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)



Genital Herpes Vaccine Promising in Animal Trials

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 20:15:17 +0100

Two-pronged approach tested on lab monkeys, guinea pigs (Source: WebMD Health)



Genital Herpes Vaccine Shows Promise in Animal Trials

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 20:00:00 +0100

Two - pronged approach tested on lab monkeys, guinea pigs (Source: Fertility News - Doctors Lounge)



New genital herpes vaccine candidate provides powerful protection in preclinical tests

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 05:00:00 +0100

(University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine) Approximately 500 million people around the world are infected with the genital herpes virus known as herpes simplex virus 2 (HSV2). A vaccine that could bring an end to this global pandemic is needed desperately, yet no candidate vaccine has ever performed well in clinical trials. Now scientists in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania have shown that a new type of vaccine provides powerful protection in standard guinea pig and monkey models of HSV2 infection. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)



Don't Routinely Screen Adults, Teens for Genital Herpes

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 21:09:00 +0100

On Dec. 20, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force published a final statement recommending against screening asymptomatic adults and adolescents for genital herpes simplex virus infection using serology. (Source: AAFP News)



USPSTF: Final Recommendations on Genital Herpes Screening USPSTF: Final Recommendations on Genital Herpes Screening

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 18:24:25 +0100

The USPSTF has released final recommendations on genital herpes screening, which advise against routine screening in asymptomatic individuals, including pregnant women.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Pathology Headlines)



Abolish routine herpes tests, health officials say

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 10:21:26 +0100

For a number of reasons, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force concluded blood tests to detect genital herpes cause more harm than good - even in pregnant women and young people. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

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Abolish routine herpes tests, health officials say: New guidelines declare early detection causes more harm than good  

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 23:59:11 +0100

For a number of reasons, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force concluded blood tests to detect genital herpes cause more harm than good - even in pregnant women and young people. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



USPSTF Recommends Against Routine Genital Herpes Screening (FREE)

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 23:00:00 +0100

By Kelly Young Edited by David G. Fairchild, MD, MPH, and Lorenzo Di Francesco, MD, FACP, FHM The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force says that asymptomatic adults and adolescents, including pregnant women, should not be screened for genital herpes-simplex … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)



Routine Genital Herpes Testing Not Recommended

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 18:30:39 +0100

Early diagnosis won't change course of the STD, which is incurable, advisory panel says (Source: WebMD Health)



Routine Testing for Genital Herpes of Little Benefit: U.S. Experts

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 18:00:00 +0100

Early diagnosis won't change course of the STD, which is incurable, advisory panel says (Source: Fertility News - Doctors Lounge)



Medication may provide greater virus suppression, reduction in lesions for patients with genital herpes

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 05:00:00 +0100

(The JAMA Network Journals) In a study appearing in the Dec. 20 issue of JAMA, Anna Wald, M.D., M.P.H., of the University of Washington& Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, and colleagues compared the medications pritelivir and valacyclovir for reducing genital herpes simplex virus shedding and lesions in persons with recurrent genital herpes. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)



Herpes virus linked to most common type of childhood cancer

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 23:00:00 +0100

Congenital cytomegalovirus infection may increase risk of developing acute lymphocytic leukaemia Related items fromOnMedica Cold sore virus could kill cancer New guidelines on managing genital herpes in pregnancy Scientists find genetic signature linked to leukaemia Breastfeeding could cut children ’s leukaemia risk Prophylactic antibiotics help children with leukaemia (Source: OnMedica Latest News)



Removing Your Pubic Hair Is Linked To A Heightened Risk Of STIs

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 14:00:39 +0100

The Question: Does waxing, plucking or shaving your pubic hair come with added risk for sexually transmitted infections?  Yes, according to new research that links the frequency of pubic grooming with the added risk of certain sexually transmitted infections.  The new study, which surveyed 7,580 nationally representative adults across the U.S., finds that people who practice “extreme grooming” ― removing all of their pubic hair more than 11 times per year ― or “high frequency” grooming ― trimming pubic hair daily or weekly ― have a 3.5- to four-fold heightened risk for contracting herpes, HPV and syphilis compared to those who had never groomed their pubes.  But if you tend to grow out your pubic hair a few months out of the year, th...

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Shots May Help Prevent Genital Herpes Transmission

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 00:50:47 +0100

Three-shot regimen seems to control lesions as effectively as daily pills, but wider trials needed (Source: WebMD Health)



Injections Might Help Prevent Genital Herpes Transmission for Months: Study

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 00:00:00 +0100

Three - shot regimen seems to control lesions as effectively as daily pills, but wider trials needed (Source: Fertility News - Doctors Lounge)



Most Popular NEJM Group Feature This Week: Genital Herpes Case (FREE)

Fri, 26 Aug 2016 22:00:00 +0100

By the Editors Here's the most clicked-on item we featured from NEJM Group this week, in case you missed it the first time around: … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)



Your NEJM Group Today: Genital Herpes Case, Elevated Lipids & Diabetes Risk, Hawaii Family Medicine Opportunity (FREE)

Sun, 21 Aug 2016 22:00:00 +0100

By the Editors NEJM Group offers so many valuable resources for practicing clinicians. Here's what we chose for you today:NEJM Clinical Practice Center: Clinical Practice: A 25-year-old woman reports three brief episodes of … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)



USPSTF: Evidence Doesn't Support Screening for Genital Herpes

Wed, 17 Aug 2016 19:29:00 +0100

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has released a draft recommendation statement against routine serologic screening for genital herpes simplex virus infection in asymptomatic patients. (Source: AAFP News)



USPSTF: Do Not Screen for Genital Herpes USPSTF: Do Not Screen for Genital Herpes

Fri, 05 Aug 2016 12:45:48 +0100

The US Preventative Services Task Force has issued new recommendations advising against genital herpes screening in asymptomatic adolescents and adults, including pregnant women.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)



Task Force: Routine Genital Herpes Screening Not Recommended

Tue, 02 Aug 2016 22:00:00 +0100

Unless someone has symptoms, testing offers little benefit because the sexually transmitted disease has no cure (Source: Fertility News - Doctors Lounge)

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USPSTF Recommends Against Routine Screening for Genital Herpes (FREE)

Tue, 02 Aug 2016 22:00:00 +0100

By Kelly Young Edited by David G. Fairchild, MD, MPH, and Lorenzo Di Francesco, MD, FACP, FHM The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends that asymptomatic adolescents and adults not be screened using … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)



Routine Genital Herpes Screening Not Recommended

Tue, 02 Aug 2016 20:15:14 +0100

Unless someone has symptoms, testing offers little benefit because the sexually transmitted disease has no cure (Source: WebMD Health)



Task force: Routine genital herpes screening not recommended

Tue, 02 Aug 2016 19:29:09 +0100

HealthDay News A U.S. federal task force is prepared to recommend that teens, adults and pregnant women not be tested for genital herpes if they don't have signs of infection. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)



Task Force: Routine Genital Herpes Screening Not Recommended

Tue, 02 Aug 2016 18:00:00 +0100

Unless someone has symptoms, testing offers little benefit because the sexually transmitted disease has no cureSource: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Genital Herpes, Health Screening (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)



5 Things You Might Mistake For A Yeast Infection

Wed, 13 Jul 2016 21:01:08 +0100

Yeast infections don't have a monopoly on itching, burning, and weird discharge. For SELF, by Zahra Barnes. Lizzie Roberts / Getty Images In today's roundup of extremely obvious statements: The sky is blue, grass is green, and no one wants to get a yeast infection. But unfortunately, for some people with vaginas, they're a fact of life. These annoying infections happen due to an overgrowth of the naturally occurring fungus Candida albicans, and they're pretty common, affecting three out of every four women in their lifetimes, according to Mayo Clinic. Since yeast infections aren't exactly rare, when you experience those hallmark symptoms--itching is the biggest one, followed by strange discharge and burning--you may immediately diagnose yourself, pop over to the pharmacy, and pick up...



Could an obscure type of herpes virus trigger female infertility?

Fri, 08 Jul 2016 16:30:00 +0100

Conclusion Unexplained infertility causes distress for thousands of couples trying for a baby. It can be hard to accept that doctors can find no reason for a couple's inability to get pregnant, and many couples spend a lot of time and money trying fertility treatments. Finding a potential cause for unexplained infertility could raise a lot of people's hopes. This study has interesting results, but it was very small and needs to be replicated on a larger scale to be sure the results hold true. We also need to remember that this study cannot show causation – it can't tell us whether the virus is a cause of infertility, only that it seems to be more common in women with infertility not otherwise explained. Having said that, these women had unexplained infertility and there is still a lot...



Prevention and Management of Genital HerpesPrevention and Management of Genital Herpes

Wed, 06 Jul 2016 14:23:55 +0100

This overview of genital herpes covers diagnosis, prevention, and currently available therapeutic strategies. U.S. Pharmacist (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)



Towards a cure for herpesviruses: Targeting infection with CRISPR/Cas9

Thu, 30 Jun 2016 18:43:57 +0100

Most adults carry multiple herpesviruses. Following the initial acute infection, these viruses establish life-long infections in their hosts and cause cold sores, keratitis, genital herpes, shingles, infectious mononucleosis, and other diseases. A new study suggests that attacking herpesvirus DNA with CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing technology can suppress virus replication and, in some cases, lead to elimination of the virus. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)



Healing Rejection From 15 Years Of Living With An STD

Mon, 27 Jun 2016 20:31:45 +0100

I was 21 years-old when I contracted genital herpes from my boyfriend. And let me just say that I really do hate that word- herpes. It doesn't have an abbreviation, it doesn't roll off your tongue like say, chlamydia. It just kind of sticks in your mouth like a wad of stale chewing gum. So yes, I was 21. I had been having sex for about three years. And that is always what kills me when I think about the numbers. In the 18 years I have been having sex, only 3 of them have been free of this stain, this shame backpack that I have been carrying around with me for far too long. Because that's really what a life with genital herpes is ripe with- shame and guilt. Metaphysical healer, author and all around bad-ass, Louise Hay talks about the energetics around having a sexually transmitted disea...

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New herpes vaccine reduces the number of outbreaks

Fri, 24 Jun 2016 22:19:21 +0100

The world's first injection for genital herpes could become even more powerful if used in combination with existing medicines, scientists from Indiana University believe. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



New vaccine for herpes reduces the number of outbreaks

Thu, 23 Jun 2016 15:28:06 +0100

The world's first injection for genital herpes could become even more powerful if used in combination with existing medicines, scientists from Indiana University believe. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



New vaccine for herpes reduces the number of outbreaks and lowers risk of the virus being passed on through sex

Thu, 23 Jun 2016 13:00:03 +0100

The world's first injection for genital herpes could become even more powerful if used in combination with existing medicines, scientists from Indiana University believe. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Experimental Genital Herpes Drug Shows Promise

Mon, 20 Jun 2016 20:15:12 +0100

Drug lowered viral activity, recurrence of symptoms in study patients (Source: WebMD Health)



Experimental genital herpes drug shows promise

Mon, 20 Jun 2016 18:19:06 +0100

HealthDay News An experimental immune-boosting treatment for genital herpes shows promise, researchers report. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)

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A novel therapy for genital herpes engages immune cells to provide significant patient benefits

Mon, 20 Jun 2016 18:09:42 +0100

A phase II clinical trial demonstrated that a new type of treatment for genital herpes, an immunotherapy called GEN-003, may reduce the activity of the virus and the number of days with recurrent herpes. This effect of treatment, given by a series of three injections, appears to last for up to at least one year. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)



Experimental Genital Herpes Drug Shows Promise

Mon, 20 Jun 2016 18:00:00 +0100

Drug lowered viral activity, recurrence of symptoms in study patients Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Genital Herpes, Medicines (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)



A novel therapy for genital herpes engages immune cells to provide significant patient benefits

Mon, 20 Jun 2016 04:00:00 +0100

(American Society for Microbiology) A phase II clinical trial demonstrated that a new type of treatment for genital herpes, an immunotherapy called GEN-003, may reduce the activity of the virus and the number of days with recurrent herpes. This effect of treatment, given by a series of three injections, appears to last for up to at least one year. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)

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Experimental Genital Herpes Drug Shows Promise

Sun, 19 Jun 2016 22:00:00 +0100

Drug lowered viral activity, recurrence of symptoms in study patients (Source: Fertility News - Doctors Lounge)



Nanoparticles hold promise as double-edged sword against genital herpes

Wed, 27 Apr 2016 19:10:55 +0100

An effective vaccine against the virus that causes genital herpes has evaded researchers for decades. But now, researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago working with scientists from Germany have shown that zinc-oxide nanoparticles shaped like jacks can prevent the virus from entering cells, and help natural immunity to develop. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)



What Are Common Causes of Congenital Aplastic Anemia?

Sun, 17 Apr 2016 00:43:45 +0100

Discussion Aplastic anemia are disorders where there is inadequate production of erythrocytes, granulocytes and platelets caused by decreased bone marrow production leading to a peripheral blood pancytopenia. Most often it is acquired because of exposures to infections (especially viruses such as Epstein-Barr virus, rubella, herpes, etc.), drugs (e.g. chloramphenicol, chemotherapeutic agents, etc.), toxins or radiation. Learning Point The most common congenital bone marrow failure syndromes causing pancytopenia are (in this order) Fanconi anemia, Diamond-Blackfan anemia, and Shwachman-Diamond anemia. Most have a variety of congenital abnormalities. They usually have an increased risk of malignancies. Treatment is usually monitoring, supportive (including colony stimulating factors, transfu...



Neanderthals may have died of diseases carried by humans from Africa

Sun, 10 Apr 2016 18:00:13 +0100

New research challenges the idea that the spread of infectious diseases exploded as agriculture evolved 8,000 years agoDiseases and infections passed on by the ancestors of modern humans when they moved out of Africa and into Europe may have helped wipe out the Neanderthals who previously dominated the continent.The unfortunate Neanderthals, who would only have developed resistance to the diseases of their European environment, are most likely to have been infected with a bacterium that causes stomach ulcers, the virus that causes genital herpes, tapeworms and tuberculosis. Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)

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Get Tested for Sexually-Transmitted Infections

Tue, 05 Apr 2016 20:05:56 +0100

When Charlie Sheen disclosed his HIV infection last fall, sexually transmitted infections were back in the public eye. His case will likely contribute to the belief many people have that HIV is caused by sexual promiscuity or injection drug use, when in reality having unprotected sex with someone HIV-positive just one time can lead to HIV infection. April is STD Awareness Month. The new term for STD is STI -- sexually transmitted infection -- to focus on the infection rather than the disease it could lead to. One way to mark the occasion is to get tested for HIV and thus help eradicate the stigma. A focus on HIV for STD Awareness Month is appropriate since HIV, though preventable, is non-curable and debilitating. HIV testing is now possible with a simple oral swab -- no needles required, ...



Investigational Therapeutic Genetic Herpes Vaccine PromisingInvestigational Therapeutic Genetic Herpes Vaccine Promising

Sun, 06 Mar 2016 09:07:57 +0100

Phase 2 data for a novel immunotherapy for genital herpes showed a significant reduction in viral shedding and lesions, although the reduction in lesions was also seen with placebo. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)



Investigational Therapeutic Genital Herpes Vaccine PromisingInvestigational Therapeutic Genital Herpes Vaccine Promising

Sun, 06 Mar 2016 02:43:49 +0100

Phase 2 data for a novel immunotherapy for genital herpes showed a significant reduction in viral shedding and lesions, although the reduction in lesions was also seen with placebo. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Dermatology Headlines)



Monoclonals and Herpes Vaccine to Top Dermatology MeetingMonoclonals and Herpes Vaccine to Top Dermatology Meeting

Tue, 01 Mar 2016 20:24:07 +0100

New data on monoclonal antibodies for atopic dermatitis and phase 2 findings for a genital herpes vaccine will be among the most watched results from the American Academy of Dermatology meeting. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)



'Vaginal seeding' may put newborns at risk of infection

Wed, 24 Feb 2016 14:00:00 +0100

"'Vaginal seeding' of babies born by C-section could pose infection risk," The Guardian reports.  The practice of exposing babies born by caesarean section to their mother's vaginal fluid in an effort to boost their immunity may actually lead to an infection, experts say. Vaginal seeding involves rubbing vaginal fluid on the baby with the intention of exposing it to the "healthy" bacteria it would be exposed to in a vaginal birth. However, there is no evidence the practice is effective, and it runs the risk of babies developing serious infections from potentially harmful bacteria or viruses mothers may be unaware they are carrying. The most effective and safe way you can improve your baby's immunity is through breastfeeding. Where did the story come from? Doct...

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Everything You Think You Know About Herpes Is Wrong

Mon, 16 Nov 2015 22:55:03 +0100

By Kristine Thomason Hate to break it to you, but you probably have herpes. Turns out, nearly two-thirds of the global population is infected with herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1), according to a recent report released by the World Health Organization (WHO). The WHO researchers estimated that 3.7 billion people under the age of 50 are infected with HSV-1, which is best known as a cause of cold sores. Another 417 million people worldwide aged 15-49 have HSV-2, the type most often thought of as a sexually transmitted disease. But get this-140 million adults have genital infections caused by HSV-1, meaning half a billion people could sexually transmit either virus. While this news may be shocking--don't freak out. Herpes has been seriously stigmatized for years, but the fact is, if you don...



An estimated two-thirds of world’s population under age of 50 are infected with herpes simplex virus type 1

Wed, 28 Oct 2015 18:00:00 +0100

More than 3.7 billion people under the age of 50 are infected with herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1), which commonly causes ‘cold sores’ and can also cause genital herpes, according to new research by the University of Bristol and the World Health Organisation [WHO]. The findings, published in the journal PLOS ONE, reveal the first global estimates of HSV-1 infection. (Source: University of Bristol news)



Globally, an estimated two-thirds of the population under 50 are infected with herpes simplex virus type 1

Wed, 28 Oct 2015 05:00:00 +0100

More than 3.7 billion people under the age of 50 – or 67% of the population – are infected with herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1), according to WHO’s first global estimates of HSV-1 infection published today in the journal PLOS ONE. Herpes simplex virus is categorized into 2 types: herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) and herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2). Both HSV-1 and HSV-2 are highly infectious and incurable. HSV-1 is primarily transmitted by oral-oral contact and in most cases causes orolabial herpes or “cold sores” around the mouth. HSV-2 is almost entirely sexually transmitted through skin-to-skin contact, causing genital herpes. (Source: WHO news)



Studies may lead to universal test for oral, genital herpes

Tue, 11 Aug 2015 21:28:21 +0100

Stephen FellerBALTIMORE, Aug. 11 (UPI) -- Researchers found differences in strains of the herpes simplex virus which may lead to better diagnostic tests and a vaccine for oral and genital herpes. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)



Research advances potential for test and vaccine for genital and oral herpes

Tue, 11 Aug 2015 17:28:44 +0100

Findings from a pair of new studies could speed up the development of a universally accurate diagnostic test for human herpes simplex viruses, according to researchers. The work may also lead to the development of a vaccine that protects against the virus. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

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Research Advances Potential for a Globally Accurate Diagnostic Test and Vaccine for Genital and Oral Herpes - 8/11/15

Tue, 11 Aug 2015 12:00:00 +0100

Findings from a pair of new studies could speed up the development of a universally accurate diagnostic test for human herpes simplex viruses (HSV), according to researchers at Johns Hopkins and Harvard universities and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). (Source: Johns Hopkins Medicine News)



Research advances potential for test and vaccine for genital and oral herpes

Tue, 11 Aug 2015 04:00:00 +0100

(Johns Hopkins Medicine) Findings from a pair of new studies could speed up the development of a universally accurate diagnostic test for human herpes simplex viruses, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins and Harvard universities and the National Institutes of Health. The work may also lead to the development of a vaccine that protects against the virus. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)



Gel shown to cut genital herpes risk, but not HIV

Thu, 06 Aug 2015 16:16:22 +0100

Stephen FellerWASHINGTON, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- An experimental gel meant to curb the sexual transmission of HIV was found to cut the chances of a woman contracting herpes by half. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)



Experimental Gel Could Prevent Genital Herpes Infection

Thu, 06 Aug 2015 00:15:02 +0100

But follow-up study of the gel for HIV prevention yields disappointing results (Source: WebMD Health)



If you could protect your child from cancer with a vaccine, would you have them get it?

Fri, 31 Jul 2015 21:31:00 +0100

According to the National Institute of Health (NIH) viruses such as Epstein-Barr, HPV, Hepatitis B and Herpes Virus-8 can cause cancer.   Most parents have no problem having their child vaccinated for Hep B but many parents struggle with the HPV vaccine.   Statistically, one out of every 2 teens is sexually active. Every 20 minutes of every day someone is diagnosed with an HPV related cancer! 6 million HPV infections are diagnosed every year with the vast majority being found in young people.    The vaccine can be given as young as 9 years of age but is recommended between 11 and 12.  Antibodies in the vaccine are more robust in children of that age then those who are 16 years and older.  It is important for kids to get the vaccine before they b...



5 Things Your Gynecologist Wishes You Knew

Fri, 01 May 2015 14:39:45 +0100

Your gynecologist has heard it all -- so why do women so often shy away from talking about their sexual health? From yeast infections to HPV, three female gynecologists share in the above #OWNSHOW video the things they want all women to know about their bodies. Beware Yeast Infection Risks Dr. Michele Curtis says all women should be aware of the things that increase their chances of getting a yeast infection: 1. Antibiotics "If you take antibiotics, that's going to change the normal bacterial balance, and that will increase the risk for a yeast infection," Curtis says. 2. Hormonal Changes "If you are in a state of hormonal changes, like pregnancy, or sometimes right before your period, that will increase your risk for yeast infection," she says. 3. Damp Clothing Think it's OK to run so...



Why This Woman Celebrates The Day She Was Diagnosed With Herpes

Mon, 27 Apr 2015 20:34:10 +0100

In a conversation with HuffPost Live on Friday, writer Ella Dawson opened up about the "tidal wave of shame" she felt when she first found out she had genital herpes. But through the support of her family and friends, she's gained the strength to speak out and combat the stigma of the sexually transmitted infections. Dawson, who recently wrote about breaking the stigma of herpes for Women's Health, told host Nancy Redd that when she was diagnosed two years ago, her "first instinct was panic and shame" and certainty that it was going to ruin her life. But she immediately did her research, and when she found out how common genital herpes actually is -- one in six people have it, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention -- her fear started to dissipate. "As I met more p...

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Ella Dawson tells everybody she has genital herpes to destigmatize the STI

Fri, 17 Apr 2015 01:02:45 +0100

Ella Dawson, 22, of New York has genital herpes and is stepping into the limelight in the hopes she can destigmatize STIs. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Genital Herpes in Women

Thu, 02 Apr 2015 07:00:00 +0100

(Source: eMedicineHealth.com)



News from NIH

Fri, 27 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0100

March 26, 2015: HIV Can Spread Early, Evolve in Patients’ Brains   "The AIDS virus can genetically evolve and independently replicate in patients’ brains early in the illness process, researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health have discovered."   March 23, 2015: For Most Children With HIV and Low Immune Cell Count, Cells Rebound After Treatment   "Most children with HIV who have low levels of a key immune cell eventually recover levels of this cell after beginning treatment, according to a study by researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health." March 13, 2015: Anti-Herpes Drug May Help Control HIV, NIH Study Finds   "Valacyclovir, a drug commonly used to control the virus that causes genital herpes, appears to reduce the levels of HI...



Anti-herpes drug may help control HIV, NIH study finds

Fri, 13 Mar 2015 14:00:00 +0100

Drug appears to reduce the levels of HIV in patients who do not have genital herpes. (Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases)



Genital Herpes Vaccine Shows Promise in Mouse Study

Tue, 10 Mar 2015 14:00:00 +0100

It also seems effective against oral herpes, but only human trials can prove true benefit, experts say (Source: Fertility News - Doctors Lounge)

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Experimental herpes vaccine upends traditional approach and shows promise

Fri, 06 Mar 2015 05:00:00 +0100

(Albert Einstein College of Medicine) Scientists at Albert Einstein College of Medicine have designed a new type of vaccine that could be the first-ever for preventing genital herpes -- one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases, affecting 500 million people worldwide. Using a counterintuitive approach, researchers were able to prevent both infections caused by herpes simplex virus type 2, which causes genital herpes. Findings from the research, conducted in mice, were published today in the online journal eLife. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)



'Game changer' HIV drug cuts infection risk by 86%

Wed, 25 Feb 2015 13:00:00 +0100

Conclusion The results of this unpublished study were presented at a conference in Seattle and have been reported by the Medical Research Council, who helped fund it. As it has not been published, some important details are not yet known, such as: The researchers report that there was "high adherence" to taking the medication, but it is not known how regularly it was taken, or how many people stopped taking it and why. No details have been provided about any side effects experienced on the medication. The incidence of STIs was used to determine whether taking Truvada changed sexual risk-taking behaviour. It is currently unclear which STIs were compared between the two groups. Three common STIs are viral (genital herpes, genital warts and human papilloma virus), so it is ...



New worldwide estimates for herpes simplex virus type 2 published

Wed, 21 Jan 2015 15:44:00 +0100

New global estimates for herpes simplex virus type 2 show that over 400-million people worldwide were infected with the virus in 2012. The estimates underline the extent to which herpes simplex virus type 2 – the virus which causes genital herpes – is widespread throughout the world causing a significant burden of disease. The research, led by University of Bristol academics and the World Health Organisation [WHO], is published in the journal PLOS ONE. (Source: University of Bristol news)



Circumcision Benefits Outweigh Risks, Says New CDC Guidelines

Tue, 02 Dec 2014 17:24:42 +0100

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials on Tuesday released a draft of long-awaited federal guidelines on circumcision, saying medical evidence supports having the procedure done and health insurers should pay for it. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines stop short of telling parent to get their newborn sons circumcised. That is a personal decision that may involve religious or cultural preferences, said the CDC's Dr. Jonathan Mermin. But "the scientific evidence is clear that the benefits outweigh the risks," added Mermin, who oversees the agency's programs on HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. These are the first federal guidelines on circumcision, a brief medical procedure that involves cutting away the foreskin around the tip of the penis. Germs can gro...



Could sex with 21 women 'cut prostate risk'?

Wed, 29 Oct 2014 10:30:00 +0100

ConclusionThis case-control study has suggested that having several female partners over a man’s lifetime is associated with a protective effect against prostate cancer, whereas having several male partners increased the risk.However, case-control studies like this one cannot prove that having several female partners reduces the risk of prostate cancer, or that having more male partners increases risk. When it comes to complex issues such as lifestyle, sexuality and cancer outcomes, there could be a wide range of contributing factors.If having multiple female partners reduced prostate cancer risk, it would be expected that the more partners you had the lower your risk would be. However, this study did not find such a relationship between number of female partners and associated risk. The...

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New guidelines on managing genital herpes in pregnancy

Fri, 17 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0100

Risk of transmission to baby greater with new infection in third trimesterRelated items from OnMedicaDH tells councils to make ‘concerted effort’ on sexual healthWomen should take regular chlamydia testsNew treatments needed to stop genital herpes transmissionChlamydia and gonorrhoea linked to pregnancy complications (Source: OnMedica Latest News)



New 'scrotal shield' which covers entire genital area is developed for safer sex

Mon, 06 Oct 2014 16:08:06 +0100

Scroguard is worn with a condom and reduces skin on skin contact, lowering the risk of catching infections like herpes or genital warts which are transmitted through contact with skin. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Thursday consumer health tips

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0100

Diabetes: Does alcohol and tobacco use increase my risk? Caffeine: Is it dehydrating or not? Nail fungus Genital herpes: Can you get it from a toilet seat? Prenatal vitamins: OK for women who aren't pregnant? (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)



Genital herpes: Can you get it from a toilet seat?

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0100

(Source: MayoClinic.com - Ask a Specialist)



HIV Prevention Drug Truvada Might Lower Genital Herpes Risk, Too

Mon, 30 Jun 2014 22:20:18 +0100

But effect isn't strong enough to make it a stand-alone preventive treatment for herpes, expert says (Source: WebMD Health)

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Observatory: Herpes Infected ‘Since Before We Were Human’

Mon, 23 Jun 2014 22:36:37 +0100

New research says that both oral and genital herpes have been infecting humans and our ancestors for longer than previously thought. (Source: NYT Health)



Current Thinking on Genital HerpesCurrent Thinking on Genital Herpes

Tue, 25 Mar 2014 16:00:00 +0100

Recent advances in our understanding of genital herpes may help guide new strategies for disease prevention and control. Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)



Kenya: Herpes Infection Cannot Be Prevented By Use of Condom

Thu, 20 Feb 2014 10:30:48 +0100

[The Star]Did you know that genital herpes is the most common sexually transmitted infection? Gynaecologist John Ong'ech adds that it cannot be prevented by using a condom. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)

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