This is the first Canadian study to examine provincial trends in genital herpes
infection over time and to assess the utility of these data for public health surveillance, made possible by access to centralized laboratory data for HSV testing in BC.
Nearly all individuals (97%) knew that genital herpes
is sexually transmitted, and two-thirds (66%) were aware that the disease is incurable.
The company's lead product in development is VivaGel(TM) (SPL7013 Gel), a vaginal microbicide designed to prevent the transmission of STIs, including HIV and genital herpes
Episode-by-episode treatment of genital herpes
does not address the problem of asymptomatic shedding, so physicians should consider chronic antiviral suppression as routine prescription, he advised.
Poor diagnosis and lack of knowledge about genital herpes
means it remains on the increase and is still one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases worldwide, with as many as one in 20 infected in the UK, according to the International Herpes Alliance.
He added, "Capitalizing on the experience we have gained through our research of vaginally applied contraceptives, we plan to use the SBIR grant to conduct in vitro studies of new formulations that have the potential to enhance the topical activity of interferon in treating genital herpes
The study should "encourage people who might be at risk for genital herpes
to be tested and[ldots]abstain during outbreaks and use condoms at all other times," comments Wald.
Results of a recent, nationally representative study show that genital herpes
infection is common in the United States.
Based on assumptions derived from published studies, performing C-sections on all women with genital herpes
at delivery was estimated to prevent 2.
can be mistaken for other diseases, including syphilis.
HSV-1 generally produces cold sores around the mouth, while HSV-2 most commonly causes genital herpes
Global Markets Direct's, 'Genital Herpes
- Pipeline Review, H2 2012', provides an overview of the Genital Herpes