You have just tested positive for herpes, and now wondering what's next for your life. Is there a herpes cure? What are your treatment options for HSV? You are probably already frustrated with information overload and all the misconceptions about HSV, herpes cure scams, and doctors telling you that your only option is to take antiviral drugs for the rest of your life. Don't worry, you are not alone. In fact, there are millions of people going through the same thing right now! And today we want to find the answers to all of your questions and discuss different treatment approaches for herpes that could help you get your life back on track.
So is there such thing as herpes cure?
According to the FDA, there is none. However, that doesn't necessarily mean you can get rid of herpes permanently. Let's take a look at different herpes cure options and see whether any of them are effective in treating HSV.
A lot of people who are living with HSV-1 and HSV-2 have high hopes for herpes vaccine. However, many of them do not realize that all of the vaccines being developed right now can only ease the pain and reduce the number of outbreaks, but not cure herpes.
If you ask your doctor whether herpes is curable, he would probably tell you "no." However, there are some doctors claiming they have discovered a herpes cure. They advocate holistic, natural approach to herpes treatment and recommend their patients to adopt a healthy diet, detox their bodies and take natural supplements and herbs. However, there is no proof whether any of the herpes treatments they are offering can permanently eliminate HSV from the body.
We are still investigating these claims and will keep you updated.
We believe that strong immune system is the best defense against all kinds of viruses, including herpes. Natural remedies and healthy lifestyle (diet change, regular exercise, meditation, etc.) can work wonders when it comes to boosting the immune system. There have been thousands and thousands of reports from people who had better results with natural herpes remedies than with antiviral drugs and traditional treatments. If you don't know where to start, use any of the natural herpes protocols that offer step-by-step programs to eliminate herpes symptoms and prevent future outbreaks. Some people even say they were able to cure herpes by following some of these programs. However, don't fall for herpes cure scams and stay away from products that claim instant results. We have recently talked about trustworthy herpes protocols, so make sure you read the article before you try any treatment.
And lastly, there are two innovative but highly controversial forms of alternative therapy that show great promise in treating herpes. The first one is called Ozone therapy, and the second one is Dimethyl Sulfoxide (DMSO). However, it is not recommended to use these treatments without consulting a health practitioner and doing extensive research first. We will discuss Ozone therapy in one of our next articles, and learn whether it can actually cure herpes. Until then, try to relax, stop worrying about herpes (did you know that stress is one of the main triggers of outbreaks?), and start taking care of your body..
Approximately 3.7 billion people under the age of 50 (67%) carry HSV-1
Around 417 million people aged 15-49 (11%) have HSV-2
Almost 80% of people infected with HSV are not aware of it
Every year, 20 million people get infected with HSV. This number is constantly growing
Why Leaving Herpes Untreated Is Dangerous?
Many of us still believe that herpes is not a dangerous virus. But is it really true? Are you putting your life in danger by leaving herpes untreated? Or maybe, it's better just to stop worrying about it, live your life to the fullest, and hope that one day scientists will come up with a herpes cure? Let's look at the facts and decide for ourselves.
For decades, people had been under the impression that herpes is some unpleasant, but completely harmless virus. It is, without a doubt, a painful and embarrassing condition, but could it also be dangerous for your health? Over the past few years, there have been more and more studies being published that linked herpes to various life-threatening diseases, such as Alzheimer's, cancer, and even HIV.
IT'S NO SECRET THAT HERPES CAN WEAKEN THE IMMUNE SYSTEM MAKING YOU MUCH MORE
SUSCEPTIBLE TO DIFFERENT INFECTIONS.
But Are There Any Other Dangers Of Leaving Herpes Untreated?
Herpes (mainly, HSV-2) is one of the most common causes of meningitis in both adults and adolescents. According to the Meningitis Research Foundation, HSV-1 can even cause the inflammation of the brain - encephalitis, which is a very serious condition that can lead to severe brain damage.
An editorial published by a group of 31 renowned scientists in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease this year suggests that herpes could be one of the causes of dementia. The authors say that herpes virus damages not only the central nervous system but also the brain's limbic system that is associated with mental and personality changes. They also point out that many people don't even realize they have herpes. HSV can lie dormant for years at a time and wake up only when the immune system is weak - often as people get older.
Jennifer Smith, Ph.D. published a study that linked herpes virus to cervical cancer in women. A research group at the International Agency for Research on Cancer in France led by Smith found that women infected with HSV-2 and HPV were 2 to 3 times more likely to develop cervical cancer.
Numerous studies indicate that people with genital herpes (HSV-2) are 2 to 4 times more vulnerable to HIV infection (the virus that causes AIDS). And people infected with both HIV and HSV-2 have longer, more painful and frequent outbreaks because their immune system can no longer control herpes. They also have a higher risk of transmitting HIV to their partner.
Other Long-Term Risks Of Leaving Herpes Untreated Include:
- Inflammation of the lower spinal cord that may lead to the loss of feeling in both legs, urinary retention (inability to urinate), and constipation..
- Contraction of other sexually-transmitted diseases.
It’s obvious now that leaving herpes untreated is not an option. If you have herpes, you need to do something about it today. Don’t risk your life and wait until it’s too late! Although there is still no herpes cure, there are, luckily, many other ways to control HSV and not let this dangerous virus ruin your whole life.
How To Avoid Passing Herpes To Your Partner, Your Baby, Or Anyone Around You?
Could you live with yourself knowing that you passed herpes onto another person? That your partner, or your child, would have to live with this horrible virus for the rest of their lives - or at least until doctors find a herpes cure - because of you?
It's time for us to start taking responsibility for our actions and learn how to protect our loved ones and ourselves from herpes.
Since most people get tested for HSV only when they start developing worrying symptoms, such as blisters or cold sores, it is hard to tell how many herpes carriers there are on the planet today. People carrying the herpes virus can still pass it onto their partners and children even if they don't experience any outbreaks. This process is referred to as "asymptomatic shedding."
Viral shedding occurs in all people infected with herpes, whether they have active outbreaks or not. During both types of shedding - symptomatic and asymptomatic, herpes can be transmitted through skin-to-skin contact. The rates of viral shedding are rather high: according to the recent researches, approximately 18% of days for HSV-1 and 15-20% of days for HSV-2 during the initial year after exposure to HSV. After the first year, the rates of herpes shedding tend to decrease.
There is no way to determine when shedding is occurring if a person doesn't have any herpes symptoms. So if you carry herpes, you need to remember, that there is always a risk of passing the virus onto others at any time. If you experience active herpes outbreaks, keep in mind, that shedding tends to occur not only during and after the outbreak but also a few days before you develop any symptoms. Therefore, it is important to know your prodromal symptoms - tingling, fatigue, etc. to prevent transmission of the virus.
How Can You Reduce The Risk Of Transmission?
- Use condoms during sex. It reduces the risk of transmitting herpes by 30-50%.
- Avoid any sexual contact for at least a week before and after you have an outbreak.
- Antiviral medications and suppressive therapies may lower the risk of transmission. However, because of the dangerous side-effects and a fact that those methods can weaken the immune system, it cannot be considered as a long-term solution.
- Certain herbs, such as olive leaf, may also help reduce the risk of transmission.
- Adopt a healthier lifestyle to strengthen the immune system and prevent outbreaks.
Herpes is not a sexual death sentence. It doesn't mean that from now on you cannot have a normal life, or that you will never find love again. It just means that you need to take a better care of yourself and do anything you can do reduce the risk of transmission of the virus to zero.
The most common and noticeable symptoms of herpes are blisters and painful sores on groin, on the buttocks, around the vagina (penis for men) and the anus. Herpes sores contain liquid filled with a virus that is very contagious to others and yourself. You must be careful and do not spread it to other parts of your body.
Before blisters and sores appear, a person feels sensation and itching in places of future outbreak. It should not be ignored and have to be treated properly. Other symptoms that usually go along with the most common symptoms of herpes include...
There has been a lot of talk this year about a vaccine that could finally cure herpes. Scientists have been trying to develop one for decades, and until recently there have not been any big advancements made in the field. But 2016 has been a big year for all herpes sufferers: there has finally been a breakthrough in herpes vaccine development.
Does that mean that 2017 could be the year when doctors will finally find herpes cure? Let's take a look at all the recent developments in the herpes field and see whether there is hope for herpes cure in 2017.
Will There Be A Cure For Herpes Anytime Soon, Or Ever?
Will there ever be a cure for herpes in 2017? Will there be a breakthrough that will help me not feel miserable and ashamed in a relationship? Should I change my lifestyle to a healthier one so I won’t have to experience monthly outbreaks? How long do I have to be on suppressive drugs? When will scientists make a breakthrough in herpes cure development? Will I pass herpes to my partner? How will he/she react if I tell her about my condition? If you can relate to any of those questions then continue reading because we are about to uncover some of the interesting facts and talk about a new breakthrough in the field.
It is important to look back at the history of herpes research in order to predict the future and its endless possibilities. At this point, the researchers are working on herpes vaccine that can prevent the virus from spreading, and on herpes treatment that can permanently stop herpes outbreaks. Unfortunately