According to Fox News:
Researchers have identified a subtype of immune cells that suppress outbreaks of genital herpes caused by the herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2).
The discovery could lead to a vaccine capable of preventing herpes lesions on people who have already contracted the STI – or in other words, a vaccine that could “clinically cure” an individual of herpes symptoms.
“The real implication here is that the way herpes seems to act is that the virus is actually reactivating very frequently,” Corey said. “The human immune response is containing it most of the time.”
Researchers had originally estimated that herpes reactivated once a month, but the discovery of these ever-present T-cells led Corey and his team to believe the virus actually reactivates once a week or every few days.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 776,000 people in the United States are infected with herpes each year, and one out of six people between the ages of 14 and 49 have genital HSV-2 infection. While this vaccine would not cure those of HSV-2, it could ultimately help stop the spread of this very prevalent STI.
“We think it’s possible to contain,” Corey said. “It’s a ‘clinical cure.’”
Over-the-counter Plan B and now this? MAN, I took myself out of the game WAYYYY too early. Science is just starting to heat up, really make some strides on behalf of sexual deviants the world over. They keep this up, talking to our grand kids about condoms will be like talking to anyone born after 1995 about VHS. Pointless.
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