Thursday, January 01, 2004

Drug prevents spread of genital herpes

The spread of genital herpes might be a bigger implicit threat to health than AIDS. Why? Because the open sores created by herpes contribute to the spread of other diseases, particularly viral diseases such as AIDS. You can't die of genital herpes but it can create a much higher risk of other more dangerous problems. Yet studies suggest that one in five Americans over the age of 12 have herpes.

Today's New England Journal of Medicine showed the drug valacyclovir — sold under the brand name Valtrex — cuts transmission of genital herpes by nearly 50 percent. This is a huge boon for those with herpes. Read More.