Herpes Vaccine 2010 - Uncovering The Possibility
Herpes is one of the most common and widely spread sexually transmitted disease in our modern world. It comes with a number of disadvantages and ill effects on the regular guy, making it a great challenge for the medical and research industry to come up with an effective herpes vaccine.
At the present time, around 1 billion people have the herpes virus. This makes up around one sixth of the world's overall population. The United States, more specifically, houses about 50 million people with this virus. Outbreaks reoccur for 3 million of these people. Such outbreaks usually occur at least four times a year.
The infection is not necessarily directly fatal. However, it can be pretty debilitating and painful to have. Basically, it entails the development of blisters and sores that are really a pain to have. Once these breaks, the infected individual can experience severe bouts of discomfort coupled with burning sensations in the infected area.
A unique feature of the herpes virus is its capacity to remain within the human body for the rest of the individual's lifetime. This makes the infection absolutely incurable. At times, the virus may remain dormant, but it can be active in a jiffy with or without certain elements that can trigger such occurrence.
These uncomfortable states that come with the presence of the herpes virus serve as the constant reminder and challenge toward the goal of developing the ultimate herpes vaccine. Actually, the effort has been around since 1950's, and as of 1999, there has been no herpes vaccine that has proven its worth against the infection.
Because of this, the available solution for those who have herpes is limited to the proper management of the symptoms that come with it. The effects of sores and blisters are encompassing. Pain and discomfort maybe limited to the localized area of the infection, but its impact on an individual's overall personality and mood for the day can be greatly tremendous.
Thus, various medications have been developed to lessen the physical pain. Certain medical drugs have been proven to be really effective to work against the virus. They do not kill and rid of the virus completely but can do well for the patients who are suffering from the symptoms of herpes.
Recently, there is news of an effective vaccine for herpes. This has, however, not gone through enough tests to assure its efficacy, but the potentials are great. It was developed and is constantly worked on by an associate professor in medical microbiology, immunology and cell biology named Halford. He is presently working on publishing the results of his work on a vaccine that has been demonstrated on laboratory mice for now. More so, it is recognized by Halford himself that the results need to be worked on more and tested further before an actual vaccine becomes available to try on with humans.
These results with the work on herpes vaccine might prove to be so little in terms of how many years and how much money has been spent for this purpose. However, it shows a glimpse of hope that there is still a possibility of gaining an advantage over this incurable and recurring infection.