What can I do about this?

emailHey , your blogs have really helped me but i had one question i just found out i had HSV1 and i have two beautiful daughters and a baby on the way i wantes to know what i can do to prevent passing on the herpes to them . I shared out of cups and food with them but didnt have and outbreak and havent had an outbreak since ive found out . Now im very cautious and i dont share towels , cups, and i was my hands alot ? My brother has been with his gf for about 4yrs and didnt pass on the Herpes to her he jist said not to share anything or kiss my daughters when i have an outbreak ???? Im really curious and need someone to talk too its hard living with this if i can take back anything it’ll be the man who passed it to me :(

—Anonymous

Genital Herpes Vaccine HerpV

Agenus Inc said a trial of its experimental genital herpes vaccine reduced the rate at which patients released the virus, reducing the likelihood of infecting others, sending its shares up 32 percent in premarket trading.

The 15 percent reduction in the release of the virus by patients receiving the vaccine in a mid-stage trial compared to those on a placebo, who showed no reduction.

The vaccine, HerpV, also reduced the severity of the infection by 34 percent.

The mid-stage trial had 80 patients with a history of 1-9 herpes recurrences within the prior 12 months. Of them, 70 received the vaccine and 10 received placebo, Agenus said in a statement.

HerpV, being developed as an “off-the-shelf” vaccine, contains Agenus’s QS-21 Stimulon adjuvant that boosts specific immune responses.

The trial tested the efficacy of the vaccine by measuring the release of the virus by patients 45 days before and after three injections of HerpV. A majority of the patients also received a booster injection, given 6 months after the first vaccination.

Genital herpes, a highly contagious sexually transmitted infection, is usually caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). There are two types of HSV and Agenus’s vaccine targets HSV type 2, which most often causes genital herpes.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 776,000 people in the United States get new herpes infections annually and one out of six people aged 14 to 49 years has genital HSV-2 infection.

Agenus said it expected more data in the first half of 2014, showing how the patients fared after the booster shots.

The company’s partners are also testing the QS-21 Stimulon adjuvant in combination with other vaccines.

Agenus shares were up at $3.16 in trading before the bell. The stock closed at $2.40 on Wednesday on the Nasdaq.

H/T: Genital herpes vaccine succeeds in mid-stage trial

What can you tell me about HPV?

Hello, so I have hpv (of the genital warts variety). I haven’t had sex since I was diagnosed and every girl I tell runs away screaming.. Not really but it is getting frustrating. I have heard of a CATCH study on cargeenan gel and is being used in divine 9 lubricant. What do you know of this subject? I can’t find any conclusive results. What are my options for preventing spreading? Rubber boxer condoms? I’ve heard of the vaccine but from what I understand it focuses on 4 strains that cause cervical cancer and other nasty stuff. Not genital warts. I’m lost and have no one to help me on this lame journey… What can you tell me?

—Anonymous

Yahoo Groups Category Errors

I am having trouble changing the category on our Yahoo Group: Picking Up the Pieces (PUP). For some strange reason Yahoo Groups thinks Picking Up the Pieces should be listed under Romans & Relationships/Adult.

I’ve been trying to assign the correct category for a few days now and I don’t seem to be getting anywhere. I’m also having trouble figuring out how Yahoo Groups can fix this problem. I’ve tried to contact Yahoo Customer Care and keep running into dead ends.

On the actual Yahoo Group I’ve selected “management” and then “control panel.” Once inside the control panel you scroll about halfway down the page where it says “assign category” and click on the drop down option. From there I choose “health & wellness” to “support” to “diseases & conditions” then click the save button. Then an option pops up that says, “are you sure, you want to change group settings?” Yes! Yes, I’m sure I want to change group settings. So then I click the “save” button. What I get from there is nothing, nada, zip, zilch, zero, yadda yadda. You get the idea.

I’ve been trying to make this change for a few days now and absolutely no success! Then I think to myself, okay—all I need to do is contact customer care. So, I do! I attempt to contact Yahoo Help/Customer Care. I go to their page and select “groups” as the product, “errors” as the category, after that I select a sub-category of “my issue does not appear in the list.” So then the prompt tells me to “briefly tell us what we can help” at which point I enter into the space in my own words “yahoo group category errors.” Nothing—I get nothing after that.

In the meantime Picking Up the Pieces is in the wrong category! On top of that, I am unable to change the group picture. It’s not that I don’t like the picture; I think the picture is great. But, being able to change the picture would be nice—ya know?

I have no other ideas how to get this issue resolved. Do you have any suggestions for me? Have you noticed the new Yahoo Groups format? What do you think of the new format? Are you a Yahoo Group moderator or owner who is experiencing the same errors I am? Were you able to get through to anyone over at Yahoo? Were they helpful? Can you send them my way?

Feeling alone and overwhelmed with what to do next . . . ?

I was diagnosed with HSV 2 in July this year. That news brought, confusion, anger, shame and guilt and although the anger has subsided i am still trying to cope with the other emotions. I am feeling isolated with this infection, as i have not told any of my friends, only my sister and my Mother who do not live close to me, therefore feel i don’t have anyone to talk to.

At the time of diagnosis, i had been seeing a lovely guy for 2 months and he was diagnosed shortly after me. Although he was very understanding about the diagnosis, for different reasons our relationship didn’t work out. As he was so understanding because he contracted the infection we did not have to worry about passing it on
to each other and I could relax in the relationship and could in some way accept the diagnosis.

Since our relationship ended, i have been feeling confused and overwhelmed with how i can even contemplate telling a possible new partner. I mean.. How do i tell someone after some short time dating, that i have H and why would i even want to ?!! How can i ever trust someone enough after a short period of time to tell them such personal information risking it to get out further in the small town that i live in?!

I am just so overwhelmed about how i can date normally, and have a sexual relationship with someone, all the while being honest, as that’s the type of person i am, about this infection. I know it is only a skin infection, but it is the social shame and stigma that comes with this infection that frightens me.

I would appreciate any advice i can get, as feel completely alone and overwhelmed with what to do next.

—Anonymous

How am I able to ever have peace and acceptance?

I am writing to you because I have no where else to turn to try to accept the fact that I am diagnosed with herpes 2 since 2010. I was so ignorant to the fact that this is a virus that is so easily transmitted. An ex boyfriend passed it onto me and I was too trusting to actually believe people would be honest if they had a disease such as this.

In the last year I have had outbreaks every 2 weeks so it is a constant reminder and it really gets me down. I am an active outgoing individual but having the sores subjects me to a lot of bed rest. I am only 48 years old. I want to start life all over again but can’t. I am a very healthy eater primarily organic food. I have read over time at some point there are fewer and fewer outbreaks.

I did go on valtrex in the beginning for about 6 months and it helped but I just hate the fact of being on medication as I read it is hard on the body. I take lysine everyday as it is suppose to help but not for me. I do my best to avoid the trigger foods that can bring on the herpes blisters. Stress is a big one for me because I keep blaming myself and can not stop feeling so shameful for what I have.

I know I am not the only one diagnosed with this but look around and feel like I am. How I wish this was on my mouth somehow I could accept it. I always get a blister just to the right side of my vulva and it obviously is quite tender for a week or so. Sometimes I get a spot higher up around the anus which is much more mild.

So my question to you is how am I able to ever have peace and acceptance?? It depresses me so much.

—Anonymous

How to Stop Regular Outbreaks

I need to know more about this subject and how to stop my seemingly regular outbreaks. Your subject matter was in-depth and informative but if YOU capitalise a word YOU should probably double check YOUR usage. OCD man over and out —N

For me, stopping regular outbreaks in the beginning was easy. Whenever I had an outbreak or felt one coming on I would take Valtrex. As the years have gone by I haven’t really had to worry about regular outbreaks. Talk to your doctor about what’s going on and see what their recommendations are. A good clinically-proven herpes antiviral usually gets the job done. Have you given some thought to suppressive therapy? That usually does the trick, too.