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Over the past decade, the percentage of persons with genital herpes infection in the United States has remained stable. Antiviral medications can, however, prevent or shorten outbreaks during the period of time the person takes the medication.

Between the late 1970s and the early 1990s, the number of Americans with genital herpes infection increased 30 percent.

Genital HSV-2 infection is more common in women (approximately one out of four women) than in men (almost one out of five).

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The relatively small study (156 HSV-2–positive persons), “Helicase–Primase Inhibitor Pritelivir for HSV-2 Infection” revealed that Pritelivir substantially reduced the rates of genital HSV shedding, which basically translates to decreased virus activity and possibility for transmission.

Although the study is considered preliminary, researchers say pritelivir works differently from existing drugs and it could eventually prove to be better at preventing transmission of the virus. Richard Whitley, an infectious disease expert at the University of Alabama at Birmingham said, “We’re at the beginning of a new era” in genital herpes treatment.

Earlier this month, Australian company, Admedus announced its therapeutic vaccine for Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV-2) has proven to be safe and able to generate a T-cell response in early results in Phase 1 clinical trials.

The dosing of study subjects was completed in December 2013 and further analysis of the data in still ongoing.

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