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...
Alternative Names Cold sore; Fever blister; Herpes simplex - oral; Oral herpes simplex Prevention Avoid direct contact with herpes sores. Minimize the risk of indirect spread by thoroughly washing items such as towels in hot (preferably boiling) water before reuse. Do not share items with an infected person, especially when they have herpes lesions. Avoid triggers (especially sun exposure) if you are prone to oral herpes. Avoid performing oral sex when you have active herpes lesions on or near your mouth and avoid receiving oral sex from someone who has oral or genital herpes lesions. Condoms can help reduce, but do not entirely eliminate, the risk of catching herpes from oral or genital sex with an infected person. Both oral and genital herpes viruses can sometimes be transmitted even when the person does not have active lesions. References Haile-Mariam T, Polis MA. Viral illnesses. In: Marx JA, Hockberger RS, Walls RM, et al, eds. Rosens Emergency Medicine: Concepts and Clinical Practice . ...
Herpes medications are generally safe, whether you are
taking herpes antiviral medication to treat an outbreak or you're taking daily
But like all medications, the herpes antiviral DO have side
effects. Here's what you need to know about Zovirax, Valtrex and Famvir. You should know the difference between these different herpes medicines
so you can make the best decision for you and minimize any side effects.
Here's what you need to know:
The major drugs that doctors use to treat the herpes simplex
virus (HSV) are antiviral agents called nucleosides and nucleotide analogues.
They work by blocking reproduction of the herpes simplex virus. These drugs are
acyclovir, valacyclovir, famciclovir. These drugs are oral medications. There
are other antiviral similar to these drugs that are available in topical and
intravenous formulations, but they are generally used to treat different
Acyclovir, Valacyclovir and famcyclovir can lessen t...
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