I'll start by saying I am not well-versed in virology, so perhaps a simple answer I'm oblivious to will quell my frustrations with the topic of HSV.
If we can create effective and powerful anti retroviral therapies and treatments for HIV, that make transmission virtually impossible, why haven't these innovative efforts been applied to HSV? (I am aware HSV isn't a retrovirus)
Mostly I'm talking about transmission rates.
Currently, people who were diagnosed with HIV and go through successful ART and have undetectable levels of HIV means they can't transmit the virus to other people.
There are 2 studies that I've found that test HIV medication used for HSV treatment. Both found significant results, specifically the drug raltegavir!
I can't find any information on further pursuit of these findings.
Couldn't we possibly use a combo of acyclovir and raltegravir to pretty much eliminate transmission? They have no interactions with each other.
there are so many studies of the long term use of these drugs and it's been proven (so far) that the side effects of using them (unsure about in combo) for lifelong treatment are almost non existent for 'healthy' people.
As a medical professional/researcher, what is your perspective on this?
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