Here’s an interesting tidbit of news. It was announced yesterday that Admedus, which is a biotech company known formerly as Allied Healthcare, invested about an additional six million dollars into Admedus Vaccines.
Why is this a relevant development in the field of herpes research? Well, Admedus Vaccines is headed by one of the foremost medical researchers in the world and also the person responsible for the creation of the HPV vaccine, Professor Ian Frazer.
Just where are we with herpes vaccine research then? Well, if you haven’t been following the news lately, you would be pleased to know that in February, a vaccine for the Herpes Simplex 2 virus was being tested and Admedus released a statement that informed the public that there were really positive results from the Phase I trials that they have conducted.
We can expect more information from them soon regarding the result of those trials.
The company is scheduled to report additional data from the trial this quarter.
According to Lee Rodne, chief executive of Admedus, they were being quite “dedicated to the continued development of these programs” because of the immense potential of these solutions to help so many around the world suffering from a variety of illnesses, and not just herpes. However, the focus here is HSV-2, which is really the widespread version of the disease that causes genital herpes.
The goal of Professor Frazer’s team is to clear the virus out of the diseased person’s bloodstream. While this does not mean that they will be completely free of the virus, it would really reduce the occurrence of outbreaks and reduce the potential for spreading the virus.
Herpes remains one of the most widespread sexually transmitted diseases in the adult world mainly because it still is a disease for which there is no cure. Antiviral medications are available to treat it but they only work to suppress symptoms but not really clear it from a person’s body.
It looks like there is really still some progress being made in herpes research and we really look forward to the day when it is finally cured. When that happens, we can expect ventures like Admedus Vaccines to be awash in business from the millions of people who would gladly pay to be rid of this disease.
In the meantime, it would be best if we still stick to healthy routines and keep those symptoms in check.
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