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

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

Tanning Bed Herpes

05c3c966b00417c6dc52d7f35b487b76Can a person contract herpes from a tanning bad? The simple answer to that questions is: NO. No, you can not contract herpes from a tanning bed.

Tanning is not enough of a contact sport. Most tanning beds are disinfected regularly with industrial-strength disinfectants that linger on dirty tanning beds and kill germs, herpes included.

Herpes cannot survive outside of the body for long periods of time. People who think they contracted herpes from a tanning bed or toilet seat do not understand herpes transmission.

Hoping my hand herpes story helps someone somewhere!

My story begins 22 years ago when I was 15. I went and got my first manicure and full set of acrylic nails for prom. I went to a friend’s sister who was almost through with cosmetology school and we did this at her home. My nails looked great and I was a happy girl. That is, until 2 weeks later when I got these horrible sores around my cuticles and down my middle finger.

Went to the pediatrician. ( I was 15 ) Dr. said I had gotten a fungal infection from a bad manicure. These sores went away and have come back off and on for 20 years. Never really thought about getting a second opinion because I had never in my life heard about hand herpes. Until last week.

I had a massive burning itching feeling in the palm of my hand and within 24 hours I had a 1 inch painful blister on the palm of my hand. I assumed I had a sticker in my hand, so I opened the sore (huge no no!) and saw nothing. I put triple antibiotic on the blister and covered it with a bandage.

Next morning I wake up to a red streak running up my arm from my palm to my elbow. Ran to the dr to be told I had a blood infection. He ordered IV antibiotics through a Picc line, and did a culture on my blister. Culture came back negative for bacteria, so he did a blood test. By the time the blood test results came back, I had 3 painful blisters on my palm. The blood test showed HSV 1. Mind you, I have never had a fever blister, cold sore or genital herpes. Herpes was a non existent word in my world.

The dr and I discussed my history in detail and decided that the fungal infection I had been diagnosed with was actually my first outbreak of Herpetic Whitlow. Imagine 22 years and I never knew! We are now trying Valtrex to help clear this up faster, taking Xanax to help me deal with the anxiety and are simply using Universal Procedure to keep me from transmitting to my husband and 2 children.

I was astonished to hear that most Herpetic Whitlow cases are not diagnosed because of lack of public awareness. Hand Herpes, who knew you could get such a thing? Now we know and you don’t have to be sexually active to be infected! Lesson learned? Always go to a reputable, licensed cosmetologist to get your nails done! Lol

—NS