NIH scientists have made a promising treatment advance against herpesvirus infection. Read more.
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Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one out of six people, 14 to 49 years of age, is infected with genital herpes. Women are more commonly infected than men, and in the United States, one out of five women has genital herpes.
NIAID supports research on genital herpes and herpes simplex virus (HSV). Studies are underway to develop better treatments for the millions of people who suffer from genital herpes. While some scientists are carrying out clinical trials to determine the best way to use existing medicines, others are studying the biology of HSV. NIAID scientists have identified certain genes and enzymes (proteins) that the virus needs to survive. They are hopeful that drugs aimed at disrupting these viral targets might lead to the design of more effective treatments.
More about NIAID Research on Genital Herpes
NIH Launches Trial of Investigational Genital Herpes Vaccine—Nov. 8, 2013
Bulletin: Genital Herpes Vaccine Moderately Protective against One of Two Herpes Viruses—Jan. 5, 2012
Q & A: The Herpevac Trial for Women—Jan. 5, 2012
Statement: Study Finds Genital Herpes Vaccine Ineffective in Women—Sept. 30, 2010
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