On June 9, the Food and Drug Administration approved the first
effective vaccine against Human Papillomavirus, a sexually
transmitted infection that is one of the major causes of cervical
cancer. On the heels of this approval, which represents a crucial
breakthrough in the efforts of scientists, doctors and public
health officials to combat the spread of STDs in the United
States and elsewhere, the Medical College of Georgia announced
today that significant strides have been made towards the
development of another STD vaccine, which will protect against
There is a pressing need to develop an effective protection
against this disease. Genital herpes affects one out of every four
American women and one out of every five American men, according to
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Although it is not
life-threatening in adults, it is particularly dangerous to babies;
transmission of the virus from the mother to the child during
pregnancy or childbearing...
<p><strong>What Is Genital Herpes?</strong></p>
<p>Genital herpes is a viral infection characterized by outbreaks of painful sores on the genitals. Most often it spreads through sexual contact. Once infected, a person carries the virus permanently in a latent form in the nerve cells; there is no cure. An initial attack and any recurrences generally last from one to three weeks, after which the infection may go into remission for months or years. Subsequent attacks tend to be less severe, and in about one-third of cases, permanent remission follows the initial outbreak.</p>
<p>Most people with genital herpes have no symptoms. In about one third of those who develop clinical symptoms, permanent remission occurs after the initial attack, most likely due to the ability of the body’s immune system to contain the virus. The remaining two thirds of people with symptoms will suffer additional outbreaks at unpredictable intervals. The first...
Wondering if you should be
tested for herpes? Well, it's a
controversial question, but here's a partial list of those who might be a good
candidate for the blood test.
1. First of all, if you are asking the question, you should get the
test. Put those concerns to rest.
2. If you've had any sexual
partners in the past and you wonder if you may have gotten herpes without
3. If you've had a partner in
the past who has herpes, you might want to be tested to be sure you don't have
4. If you are currently in a
relationship with a partner who has genital herpes and you are wondering how to
reduce the risk of transmission, your first logical step is to determine if YOU
HAVE ALREADY BEEN AFFECTED!! Why in the
world would you go through the trouble to reduce your risk of getting the infection
if you already have it!
5. Anyone who has been
diagnosed with herpes by a visual examination alone and wants confirmation...
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