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Readers Respond: Complementary and Alternative Treatments for Herpes Infections

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Updated February 23, 2010

There isn't enough evidence about any natural herpes treatment - lysine, zinc, honey, and echinacea included - for most doctors or scientists to recommend them. However, many people like to use natural treatments for herpes - either as an adjunct to conventional drug therapies or as a substitute for them. Share your experience with such complementary and alternative medicine treatments for herpes here.

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I had herpers for 14 years. I didn't know I was affected until 4 years ago. I contacted the virus at 18 years old from my boyfriend. I had one outbreak. I went to the doctor and he didn't know what it was. The only thing he tested me for was HIV. I never had another outbreak until 2009. I really hate this disease and wish the would come up with a cure. I am glad I came across this article because now I know why a cure has not been found. I am going to keep praying for one.
—Guest BL

Only Partly True

HIV does receive a lot of funding for research, but it is a deadly disease with celebrity spokespeople supporting the cause. Herpes research does not receive much money because it is not a deadly disease (though it dramatically increases the risk and spread of HIV). Testing for HIV is standard in STD screens, while testing for Herpes is not (and the CDC doesn't recommend it, due in part to politics). 90% of American with Herpes don't know that they have it and are a risk for spreading it because they are unaware and do not take medication and other precautions. It is a failure of the medical community and of public policy - and it would benefit public health to spend money and resources testing, treating and researching Herpes. It is a failure of politics more than anything else. We have had a vaccine for Varicella (Chicken Pox virus - HHV3 ) for many years (they are closely related viruses). A similar herpes vaccine would work - unfortunately, FDA bureaucracy is the road block.
—Guest Warren G

Herpes for 24 yrs- lysine WORKS for me

I have had herpes 2 since 1989.. i have been married for the last 21 years and my husband has never contracted it. I have had regular outbreaks over the last 23 years. I always hear people say that as time passes, they don't come back as frequently but that's not true for me. I am healthy, trim and active but I am a social smoker, i eat chocolate, drink caffeine and am considered a fairly high stressed individual. Some times i get a break out once a month, sometimes it's only about every 2-3 months but it's been this way for years for me. I take no meds, supliments or anything. My outbreaks are intense with sores averaging 4-7 little bumps and it takes a good week plus to go through the process. I have just kept the area covered with a small bandaid and i keep dry and clean. I read about lysine and have been using it for 6 months or so, i am AMAZED at how it's helped me! When i start to have an outbreak or feel the itch, i take 1000 mg and the next day, they're gone! WOW!!!
—Guest red

Not exactly true

To say that people are angry over a lack of cures for many diseases out to realize scientist have been working for 50 years is specious to me. To me a year 50 years ago would be far less productive than a year today. In today's modern world there are computers, super microscopes, instantaneous internet communication and on and on. To me there is a strong political current flowing through the research on many diseases just as there was in the approval of vioxx and other dangerous medication. I think a lot more could be done than is being done. I think a lot of medicine is fraudulent. That doctors prescribe medicines for favors. Much of what I said is factual and well know. I think you, researchers, and doctors are mostly failures who go through motions without much creativity or feeling.....just chasing the money as usual. ***From Your Guide: While there are certainly a lot of problems with the medical research system, people really are trying very hard to come up with a cure for herpes. Furthermore, as a person who succeeded in doing so would likely end up both famous and rich. I don't think your "chasing money" argument holds much water. Finding a cure for a disease is not simply a matter of throwing time, money, and technology at a problem. It also requires insight, luck, and the potential for a cure to exist.***
—Guest James

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