Thursday, October 4, 2012

Herpes Blood Test

One in every five people in the United States are tested positive for HSV that causes herpes. Genital herpes testing is a vital step to take if you even suspect that you may have contacted the disease, whether you are experiencing symptoms or not. You need an experienced  doctor to diagnose genital herpes with certainty. Herpes simplex virus (HSV) infections can also be diagnosed between outbreaks by the use of a blood test.

A person must never assume that he has STDs or herpes if he/she has not been tested yet.  Inaccurate diagnosis, either  a false positive or negative can have far reaching consequences. 

If you are pregnant and going to deliver a baby and  if the virus is shedding during labor, there is 50% chance of your baby acquiring neonatal herpes. If you engage in sex, you're  responsible not only to yourself, but also to your partners to make sure that you are not spreading disease.It's important that you get a herpes test fast.

If primary infection occurred during pregnancy, this presents the highest risk of transferring the virus to the baby during vaginal birth. As a safety precaution, women infected during the second or third trimester of pregnancy should seriously consider opting for a Cesarean delivery. So, if you even slightly suspect that you might have an infection get yourself tested. After your doctor determines they feel you may have herpes, they can take a sample from the infected area and send it in to a laboratory.  To have your blood tested for herpes, you must wait at least 12 weeks after your suspected infection. Genital herpes can be caused by either herpes type 1 or type 2, so other testing besides a visual diagnosis is necessary to determine the exact type of herpes virus that you have. For your test you can either  go for a herpes lab test in your area or  you can try a herpes home test kit. If found positive for HSV2, get prepared to have a  Cesarean delivery.

Abstain from sex by all means  if  you or your partner has a herpes outbreak. Use a condom during  anal, oral, vaginal sex in order to reduce the chances of transmission. Unless you have specifically asked for a type-specific blood test for herpes such as the Western Blot test you have probably never had an accurate herpes test. There is tons of information, wild rumors and stories out there about herpes, its symptoms and the people that have the disease, but very little about the important topic of genital herpes testing. This test finds markers (called antigens) on the surface of cells infected with the herpes virus. Although the mothers-to-be are not at risk, the unborn baby may be in danger.

Most people who get infected with herpes do not even know that they have the infection. There are ways to manage outbreaks and ways to protect from transmitting the virus. If you want to visit a doctor, they can usually do a visual inspection to determine whether you do in fact have the virus or not.But, for herpes a blood test can mostly give you a conclusive result. It can detect HSV antibodies even though no visible symptoms are present.

The most accurate test for Genital herpes is a blood test. In case of a culture test, a small quantity of  serum, or  fluid  is taken from the suspected sore with a sterile cotton swab. This test is readily available and it has been approved by the FDA. If someone is symptomatic they will show signs of swollen lymph glands, aching muscles, fever, headache, and especially herpes blisters. For the most part, however, when people refer to herpes they are usually referring to either Herpes 1 or Herpes 2.

So, get your herpes blood test done in time and from a correct test lab or with an approved test kit.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

A Vaccine For Herpes?

If everything goes well, we are likely to have a "Vaccine  for herpes."

It's not only expected to put the virus on remission, but also it is going to prevent people from giving the HSV to somebody. Well, if it works. Presently it is under testing at the Center for Clinical Studies.

As per the scientists, this herpes vaccine has to be stored below 80 to retain its efficacy. Patients who have agreed to undergo the blind test would not be told whether they receive the vaccine or a placebo. As per the procedure the patients participating in this test are going to receive a series of three shots, either placebo or the actual  vaccine. 

The concept of this vaccine come from the observation of people who haven't contacted the HSV virus even of they have been exposed to it. This vaccine for herpes is going to boost the immune system to a level where the patients are not going to have any outbreak. This seems like a good idea, but the test result can only confirm if they are going to succeed.

Watch the video for more information on a new Herpes vaccine- wait for sometime till the ads finish playing...

That's not all. In another development, Genocea Biosciences, a Cambridge company is ready for clinical trial of a new vaccine for herpes. By the time you read this post the vaccine will be hopefully on trial in clinics. They have already   presented results of two studies   in May this year.

This herpes vaccine is named GEN-003 and is an investigational  vaccine for genital herpes.

GEN-003 takes a different approach to put the HSV2 virus on remission. Other vaccines start with stimulating antibodies, so the virus is taken care of. This vaccines is going to stimulate T-cells to fight HSV-2. The company is using a new protein, Matrix M2 to achieve the T-cell stimulation. This protein is an adjuvant and this company has the exclusive license to use it in the vaccine.

American Association of Immunologists has found these studies to be positive. If approved, the company is going to enter market for further clinical tests.

It seems we are near a breakthrough for an effective herpes vaccine. So be it!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Genital Herpes Outbreaks: Stop it by Herpeset

Genital Herpes Outbreaks

If you are searching for a permanent solution to your genital herpes outbreaks or cold sores please take your time and read the following attentively.

What is Herpeset

Herpeset is a homeopathic formula that is very efficacious in dealing with either cold sores or genital herpes, probably the best medication to deal with genital herpes pains. It is a blend of  nine  potent homeopathic medicinal substances out of which each one is capable of dealing with the symptoms alone. The unique blend ensures that the painful symptoms are treated positively without fail. These ingredients act gradually but their long term use has been associated with lasting relief from genital herpes outbreaks.

Herpeset has the advantage against other treatments on the market today because it does not contain any harmful or harsh chemical ingredients to cause skin irritation or scarring.

To know the composition of Herpeset click here.

 Possible duration before symptoms vanish

Does Herpeset work? Yes, it works. All its ingredients are FDA approved.

The trial results show no recurring genital herpes attacks.

The duration before a complete relief is achieved depends on the merit of each case but generally it takes 4 to 6 months for a complete freedom from future relapses. It combines multiple ingredients to address the widest range of symptoms to make it possible.

How to use Herpeset

Herpeset often helps in reducing the painful symptoms of an outbreak in only 2 to 3 days.  If you have been proactive and keep using Herpeset regularly, without waiting for the outbreak to occur, you may avoid it altogether. The moment you feel an outbreak oncoming, don’t wait for a full blown outbreak before you start.  Many people report their best success by using the solution as a part of their normal supplementation to attempt to stop the onset of outbreaks.

It is a liquid oral spray and is a preventive treatment for sudden genital herpes outbreaks. This medicine is taken by spraying beneath the tongue three times a day. The sublingual application is designed to speed delivery of ingredients quickly into the blood vessels to combat your symptoms so you can feel better quickly

The cost factor

Regular price: $34.97 each bottle
Sale price: $29.97        each bottle

It has a money-back guarantee to satisfy the clients about the effectiveness of their product. This guarantee holds that all clients who are not happy with the product can claim their money back by requesting for a "Return Merchandise Authorization" and mailing that authorization along with the unopened bottle of Herpeset.

Most probably you will not need this  "money-back guarantee."


For best results which are commonly observed in four to six months, it is recommended to buy four bottles of Herpeset so you get two bottles FREE as per current promotional offer. One bottle is for one month of treatment. So at the price of 4 months you get    6 months supply and also avoid any missed dosages on account of reorder shipping delays which is very crucial for this remedy to be fully effective.

Having herpes is bad enough. Make it the time to stop  repeated genital herpes outbreaks with Herpeset.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Is Genital Herpes Curable: Separating the Facts from Fiction

Before coming to the facts, let me ask you some straight questions.

How many sites you have visited so far and how many articles have you read? In spite of all  your efforts, what answers you got?

Isn't it correct that you are still confused?

Why is it so difficult to answer a simple question such as "Is genital herpes curable?"

Before we can answer this simple question, we have to define or understand the word "Cure." To get a detailed understanding of cure check this page on Genital Herpes Cures.  This will  open in a new window.

If you have not gone to that page and are reading this line, I strongly urge you to go to that page. If you still don't want to go there it's OK. Read on.

The Down side:

Now that you know what a cure can be, you know the answer. Genital herpes has no cures so far. I am not telling that it will never be cured, but as on to-day it  is incurable. There is no way we can throw this virus out of our body.

Once somebody gets infected with this virus, it is difficult to get rid of the damn thing. It starts the preliminary symptoms and you know something is wrong.  You have all the symptoms of  HSV infection.

Diseases are of two types, Acute and chronic.

The acute diseases run a course of prodome, progress and decline. It means after the infection, the disease develops, then runs its course and then either automatically gets cured or kills the patient. Small-pox, Chicken-pox and cholera are few of the examples.

But, the chronic diseases don't have the decline stage. They keep on coming at regular intervals. Whenever the vitality of the patient goes weak, the disease relapses. Same thing happens in the case of genital herpes.

So, can genital herpes be curedNO.

However, it can be managed very well with little effort. There are so many cases where people have successfully managed this.

The Hopeful side:

It is well known that genital herpes is not a killer disease. The fearsome aspects of HSV are fewer. Following are the main causes of worry in herpes, though this list is not exhaustive.

The painful outbreaks

The prodome and progress of herpes are very painful. The damn thing appears exactly when you don't need it. You can't attend important professional or social  occasions. Even if you dare to attend, it is very stressful.

If you can stop these outbreaks, you solve more than 50% of genital herpes. The good thing about a relapse is, in most of the cases, it foretells its arrival. You get all sort of tingling, smarting and burning pains in your private parts. You have 24 to 72 hours to stop this outbreak. If you know what to do exactly, you can stop the relapse 99%. Even if it comes, it will be very mild and will stay for a day or two.

If you want to know "How," go to "Natural Treatments for Genital Herpes" page. Do come back later for the rest of this post.

Termination of relationships

The moment you are tested positive for herpes, all your relationships go haywire. Further you can not date with normal people. If you are dating somebody, you are afraid you may infect him/her.

There is a misconception that an infected person can only infect when there are sores on the genitals. But, the facts are far from truth. In most of the cases, where people undergo courses of anti-viral medication, the virus remains active enough to infect the sexual partners. Even using of contraceptives can not guarantee safe sex.

But, there is another state where the virus goes into a state of hibernation / inhibition.

Side effects of medication

After testing positive, some people go for anti-viral medication. There are some who go into a quackery of self medication in the name of natural treatment. The  patient, not knowing where to go, keeps on trying different methods. Most of these are very harmful methods and seriously jeopardize your well being. These methods may stop relapses, but you will lose your health to such an extent that you can even digest your food or you will need medication for sleep. Stay away from such natural methods.

The emotional turmoil

The greatest problem people with herpes face are the anguish of social stigma. You feel bad when somebody, even if he/she is your best friend, inquires about the eruptions on / around your mouth. People can not have spontaneous sex. Relationships break or strained. If the patient can reach a stage where there is no risk of infecting the sexual partners, the rest of the 50% of herpes is solved. The emotional turmoil will no longer bother him / her.

So, is genital herpes curable? NO.
But, it is certainly manageable!