New method found to reduce herpes infection
Most people are well aware of the incurable std’s such as HIV and AIDS, but many are unaware that Herpes is also an incurable STD. Once infected, it will remain in your body for the rest of your life. Thankfully, it does not severely decrease your immune system like the latter two mentioned, however, an outbreak of painful sores can re-emerge at any time for the rest of the infected persons life. There are currently medicines that help with this, usually a daily regime of anti-viral medicine. Currently, the way the medicine works is by interfering with the virus’s ability to replicate itself, enabling the body to fight off the infection.
The problem, however, is that the infection may lie dormant inside the cells and are unaffected by current medications. In other words, an active replication process needs to be occurring for medicine to be effective. Treating the virus in such a way causes drug resistance. A new study performed by the cooperation of several institutes found a new treatment, and existing drug called tranylcypromine (TCP), helps treat the infection even when it is not active. This has been shown to keep the virus dormant, keeping symptoms to a minimum and also reducing the transmission ability of the disease through shedding.
This is promising news as one of the major concerns with Herpes are infected mothers. HSV can cause Neonatal HSV in infants resulting in a high mortality rate, as the child has little to no immune system to fight off the infection. New therapies between the two types of drugs can result in reduced risk to mothers and their unborn children.
Estimates place Herpes infection rate from 20 to 25% in Americans, that’s 1 in 4 people living with the infection, many not even knowing they are infected. The only way to be sure is to get STD testing from a reliable clinic. We recommend you get tested with your family practitioner, however, we can also recommend Sexual Wellness Clinics as an alternative. Many do not want their doctors or insurance companies knowing about their condition, which is why they provide private testing at laboratories all over the US. Its a simple blood or urine sample, not even the technician taking the samples will know your name, or what you’re being tested for, as the forms contain your patient ID number, not your name. In case you are positive for an STD, they even have doctors that will prescribe medication or provide counseling for you.