A vaccine or even a cure for herpes gets closer as Genocea Biosciences raises $30 million for research. The biotech start-up has a proprietary technology to identify and use T-cell antigens to target large pathogens like HSV-2, pneumococcus, chlamydia and malaria, reports MedCityNews.
We were first excited when we heard about Genocea’s clinical trials for their herpes vaccine here. If you are not familiar , a clinical trial is where they first start testing on people. Their GEN-003 vaccine showed great promise in reducing the severity and frequency of outbreaks in people with genital herpes (HSV2). They have been testing on people for the last couple of months in various locations around the country.
Well it looks like the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (Microsoft Founder) and the investment firm of Henry Crown and Company along with others have raised $30 million for this research. This is a good sign! The funds will also go for a vaccine to prevent infections related to the bacteria, streptococcus pneumoniae.
What does this all mean?
The good: The preliminary results of the GEN-003 vaccine must look very positive. So positive, in fact, that investors are willing to dump in a pile of cash to continue the research. We have heard from a person that is taking part in the testing and they also say things are going very good. If all goes well, a cure for herpes, a vaccine to prevent it or something to lessen the symptoms could be well on its way.
The Bad: Not to rain on anybody’s parade…we just want to keep things in prospective. All previous attempts at a herpes cure or vaccine have failed. They looked promising in the beginning but never passed the rigorous testing phases. Even if this does prove to be a cure, we are still years away from a final product that can be sold. They still have to test the efficacy of lasting effect. The trial, alone lasts 59 weeks.
What you should not do: A herpes cure may or may not ever come. Even if it does, it will be years away. Whatever you do, don’t sit around and let life pass you by while waiting for a cure. Join HWerks and meet others in the same boat or just for support, join a regular dating site, just go out with friends and meet people…just do something! Life is too short and we don’t live forever.
We just want to reiterate, currently there is NO known cure for herpes. You will run across websites and advertisements that claim to have a cure for herpes, they even sound convincing, show case studies and may even have testimonials…but they are all false claims. We will keep you updated!