Suppressive therapy for herpes means huge profits for drug companies, particularly since these medicines are expensive—there is no generic version for Acyclovir as yet, and a one-month supply of Valtrex costs around 0.
There is also the small problem that these drugs do not work very well—and antiviral drugs tend to lead to drug-resistant superbugs.
For three years, I had a boyfriend who never knew I had herpes.
Each time I had an outbreak, which for me consisted of a very small cluster of blisters that lasted two or three days, I'd pretend I had a yeast infection and say I couldn't have sex until it was gone.
As I sat in the college health center waiting to see a doctor, I watched my very short-lived social life drift by.
Research from the University of Copenhagen shows that vitamin D activates the immune system by arming T-cells to fight off infections.One day, my new beau reassured me, "I'm disease-free, I just got tested.You have nothing to worry about." I appreciated his honesty and knew I had to tell him that he was the one who had something to worry about. I explained that I had herpes, and that was why I was being so cautious.(Such exposure may not produce vitamin D in the winter, depending on where you live, or if you sunbathe too early or too late in the day.)Among natural treatments for active herpes lesions are vitamin C powder and propolis, a natural product found in beehives. This is somewhat more realistic than the often-mentioned peppermint oil and tea tree oil, because their pungent odor announces their presence—not something you want during a herpes eruption. I had barely finished my first semester of college when I found out I had herpes.
I didn't date for awhile, but inevitably, I met someone.