Did you know that Herpes is actually very common? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention nearly 770,000 people in America are infected with this STD every year! The reason being, the two strains of Herpes (HSV-1, the oral kind, which appears as cold sores, and HSV-2, the genital kind) is so easily spread. Skin to skin contact is all that is necessary, and therefore even condoms cannot always 100% protect you from it.
According to the research journal eLife, a new vaccine that will be effective against both strains is underway. The only downside to this soon to be scientific phenomenon is that is has yet to be tested on humans. It’s current test subjects are mice. The even more exciting news, is that the vaccination has been deemed by researches at Yeshiva University’s school of medicine, to be just as effective on the disease when it is dormant state within the body.
This vaccine is certainly going to change the way science is done, as it is being developed in a way that vaccines have never been made before. A typical vaccine utilizes the method of exposing the immune system to a small amount of the ailment/disease in order to build neutralizing antibodies to help fight it away. This herpes vaccination, though only tested on mice, may prove that this is not necessary. The vaccination is able to stop the disease from infecting cells and even keeps it from being dormant in nerve tissue, without exposing it any of the the virus. It is even being said that this vaccine is opening up the doors to possible HIV and tuberculosis vaccines as well.
Now before you go running to your doctor, and inquiring about getting this vaccine, you will have to wait just a little bit longer. The vaccine will eventually need to be tested on humans before it can be approved for the mass market. Human trials are scheduled to begin in the next few year, so just keep your eyes and ears open, it will be available before you know it!