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Researchers are continually working on drugs and tests that may eventually provide faster diagnosis and better treatment of recurrent genital herpes.
Herpes vaccines are currently being investigated and many believe an effective vaccine may become available in 3-5 years. Vaccines will only function to prevent the infection in new patients. Those who already have the simplex virus disease will likely not benefit. Some vaccines have been tried to prevent the HSV occurrence, but no noticeable effects have been noted.
GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals announced the launch of their phase III trial, called the “HERPEVAC Trial for Women”, which began in November 2002.
Isoniplex (Isoprinosine) is already available in over 56 countries. Most countries have approved it for use in HSV infections due to its antiviral action, and more significantly, the ability to stimulate the body’s immune response. Isoniplex is currently under investigational trials for HSV primary and recurrent cases in the United States.
There is no cure for herpes, however, some drugs have been effective in reducing the frequency and duration of herpes outbreaks. We encourage you to discuss your options with your healthcare provider.
During an outbreak, keep the infected area as clean and dry as possible. This will help encourage the natural healing processes. Some doctors recommend warm showers in order to cleanse the infected area. Afterwards, towel dry gently, or dry the area with a hair dryer on a low or cool setting. To prevent chaffing, some people also find it helpful to avoid tight-fitting undergarments.
It’s widely suggested by herpes consumers that a healthy immune system is important in controlling the virus. Don’t ignore the need for proper nutrition, exercise, and rest.
For those who may not have insurance or are unable to afford the higher priced prescription medications, we have provided links to alternative treatments. These treatments have proven beneficial for those who wish to suppress herpes naturally.