Herpes Testing

Theranos has released a sub $25 herpes test that is already out in select areas.

An easy to get and reliable herpes test for under $25?  If Theranos has it’s way, you may soon be able to walk into a local Walgreens and simply order one.

Getting tested isn’t always as easy as it should be.  Just the awkwardness of the, “I’m here for the herpes test” visit to the doctor is enough of a deterrent for many.  On top of that, there is the problem that most STD tests do NOT include a test for herpes.  Finally, throw in the expense of the test, exam and you have the prefect storm of people totally unaware they are carrying the herpes virus.  This just may be a thing of the past.

Theranos, an amalgam of “therapy” and “diagnosis,” was founded by college dropout, Elizabeth Holmes.  At just 31 years old, she is also the world’s youngest self-made female billionaire who is revolutionizing the lab testing industry by gearing its products directly to the consumer.

Right now, the majority of the Theranos Wellness Centers are located inside Walgreen locations in and around Phoenix, AZ with a couple in California and one in Pennsylvania.  They plan on opening more locations soon. [click to continue…]

MTV Herpes Show

MTV is looking for people living and dating with herpes for their new documentary series.

Are you living with herpes and dated someone off of a herpes dating site or found love from one?  Are you between the ages of 18-27?  If so, MTV wants to hear from you!

A producer from MTV emailed us a few days ago about their upcoming series which will focus on people with herpes, dating online and their story.  They are looking for individuals or couples right now.  From our conversation, this will be a serious series. Herpes is one of the last remaining medical conditions where is it still acceptable to be the butt of many jokes and MTV hopes to change this.  This holds especially true for the younger audience where new cases of herpes is skyrocketing.  This will be a great opportunity to not only tell your story but help educate others on what living with herpes and dating online is like from a personal perspective.

Here is what they are looking for:

New MTV web docu-series is looking for people like you

MTV is looking for people who have looked for love or found love using a herpes dating site to be interviewed for our new web series, premiering later this year. While 1 in 6 people in the United States has herpes, [click to continue…]

Herpes Talk

Finding the right way to tell a potential partner about herpes can be difficult. This young woman has a unique approach.

How to tell someone you have herpes? The story is the same for so many. You meet someone interesting, things are going really well and you think, “Wow! I REALLY like this person!” As things are progressing nicely, reality sets in…”How do I tell this person that I have herpes??”

Meet 22 yr old, Ella Dawson. She is a Wesleyan University graduate and has a unique way to tell a potential love interest that he has herpes. She just tells them! Now, this may seem like a foreign concept to most but her story is very inspirational.

In her article in Women’s Health Mag, Miss Dawson recounts an incident at a party when a guy offered her the rest of his beer. “Don’t worry, I don’t have herpes or anything,” he said with a wink.

Well, that didn’t sit well with Ella as she recalls, “I had a choice to make. I could laugh his comment off and pretend it didn’t hurt, but that would mean laughing at myself. Or I could steer into the skid and stop being so afraid of what people thought.” [click to continue…]

Gen-003 heres treatment

Could a effective herpes treatment be close? Genocea’s GEN-003 entered Phase 2 in 2015

While a herpes cure may be a long way off, a herpes treatment may be getting closer.  A little over 2 years ago, we wrote about Genocea’s GEN-003 therapeutic vaccination. The good news is the study is still going on and Genocea has updated their website with some promising information.

First and foremost, Genocea’s GEN-003 is NOT a cure for herpes.  Instead, they are working on a herpes treatment for the symptoms of the genital herpes (HSV2) virus and the reduction of the spread of herpes through viral shedding.

Genocea:  GEN-003 is a first-in-class T cell-directed immunotherapy intended to reduce the transmission risk and clinical symptoms of genital herpes.

On Oct. 8, 2014, Genocea issued a press release stating that their Phase 1/2a clinical trial has been completed:

After 12 months, GEN-003 shows durable reduction in genital lesions

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HPV Epidemic –  “I wish the cancer would have killed you!” These are the chilling words of Susie’s husband when he learned that her cancer was caused by HPV, a sexually transmitted virus. Narrated by Vanessa Williams, this poignant documentary takes a look into the lives of five women affected by HPV, the widely misunderstood and controversial virus that causes several types of cancer, including cervical. Each of these women has an intimate story to tell. For Susie, Tamika and Christine, it’s a story of survivorship that comes with misconceptions, stigma, shame, heartbreak, pain and triumph. For the Forbes’ family, it’s about coping with the loss of their daughter Kristen and trying to prevent it from happening to others like her. Others like Kelly, who at 31 years began her cancer journey. The cameras follow Kelly on her epic battle to save her marriage, her career, her family and ultimately, her life.

The Human Papilloma Virus HPV may be the most widespread, misunderstood and potentially dangerous epidemic that most people hardly know anything about. 80 percent of all people under 50 years of age will have a strain of the virus at some point in their lives and most will not even realize they have it.

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The new look of HWerks

Herpes Dating really did get easier…and cheaper, too!

A New Look and a Bonus!! –  Big things have been happening over here at HWerks! 

Today, we updated the “Outside pages” of the site.  After a couple of years, the design was getting kind of tired and a little stale.  The new design is (We think!) more user friendly to the reader who is here looking for information.  While herpes dating is part of who we are, we also want to be a resource for those looking for answers.  There is a LOT of bad information out on the internet and we would like to steer then in the right direction.  We have already seen a rise in the comment sections on the blogs.

Membership is also up!  Sure, it does slow down a bit in the summer but since the temperature has started to drop we have been picking up.  It is always great to see the new members!

Speaking of membership, we can’t thank our members enough.  They really are the ones who make this place great.  Without them, we would just be website and not the awesome community that we are.

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