Is There A Herpes Vaccine? Is There A Cure For Herpes?

Women are always asking me if I think that there will be a herpes vaccine in the near future. From everything I have read, the clinical trials have not proved to be real promising. With that said, I just came across an article today entitled, “Discovery May One Day Lead to Herpes Vaccine”, based on research featured in Nature. 

 Now they have discovered a specialized skin cell that secrets a protein, which kills the herpes virus. It appears that this skin cell is only found in individuals infected with HSV-2. What I find most fascinating is the fact that we are constantly learning how intricate and intelligent our bodies are at defending foreign invaders, like herpes. This is why your Immune System is the BEST defense against herpes. If you give your body the proper nutrients and environment to thrive, you can keep herpes at bay.

If there isn’t a herpes vaccine yet, is there a CURE for herpes? No, but there are ways to manage and treat it.  Advances in research like the one in this article, hold the keys to developing a better understanding of how herpes interacts with the immune system. Whether you are hoping for a vaccine or not, this is a very interesting read. The human body and all of it’s micro-environments and systems simply amaze me. What are your thoughts on a herpes vaccine?

Live. Love. Thrive.

Dr. Kelly Amazon Best-selling author of Live, Love and Thrive with Herpes: A Holistic Guide For Women    


  1. David says:

    Hi my name is David and last year I contracted HSV2 for my 38th birthday. What a great present 🙂 When I went to the Doctor, he just said take valtrex and that was it. He made it seem so normal so I did. It didn’t do anything for me except make me nauseous and depressed. I had no one to talk to and I just started to read everything I could to find something else. After trying everything I finally found a natural way and got off the RX crap. Hygeia changed everything for me. My outbreaks have stopped altogether and I finally feel normal again. I am just a regular guy and I just wanted to pass on what I found to help others in the same boat as me.

    • Anonymous says:

      I have had hsv-2 for 3 years. At first I was scared and felt less human, like I didn’t deserve to walk on the face of earth. But now I guess you can say I have accepted my fate with having hsv-2. I still have no one to talk to about it and it upsets me that I still don’t know everything there is about hsv-2. I worry that I may never find someone to live my life with and that no one will except me for me after I tell them I have hsv-2. I feel as if they will just give me an ugly look and try to get as far away from me as they can! Even Though I’m a really great person. I now have to live with my one mistake for the rest of my life.

      • Velvet says:

        At times I feel that my life had been ruined by my hsv..but interestingly, I have been on the dating website, OKCupid, and there is a question on the dating portion asking “would you date someone with herpes?” Remarkably, many interesting men responded with a “yes.” I am not the only one that has this, and neither are you. It’s made my life hell, but it’s not the end of the world. I contracted herpes by kissing a boy in college that had it. I was so sick I ended up in the hospital..then the quack doctor that I went to at the college clinic, offered me no information or advice on what it was. I ended up unknowingly infecting other partners. And spreading it all over my body, from lips to vaginal region. I get outbreaks all the time. And discovering anti viral medications was life changing..I have lived with hsv for 20 years.

    • Anonymous says:

      Hi David! Sorry to hear about this.

      I got mine in the privacy of my own home in a monogamous relationship… Scratch that, a relationship, with a partner that was shall we say, not entirely forthcoming.

      Anyway, What happened on your 38th Birthday?!

      I feel like there is more story here!

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  2. Charlotte says:

    I found this article very interesting, not only because it goes against what I initially learned when I was diagnosed with HSV-2, but because myself and two friends, all of whom are HSV-2 suffers, have a shared aliment we are confused about. I am not sure if other people with the herpes virus have experienced this, but my friends and I have been getting small bumps on our skin, ranging from feet, hands, to chest. We assume it is herpes related, because no one else we know has them, and we all have the same diagnosis. I am wondering if anyone else has been experiencing these itching bumps on their body, and if so, may there be a correlation between these and the skin cells that are fighting off the virus?

  3. bpor says:

    Dear Dr.Kelly,

    Did you use any suppresive treatment? Do you suggest taking suppressive medications to protect a non h partner?
    Did your husband have herpes? How do you protect him?

    • Dr. Kelly says:

      When I was first diagnosed, I tried Valtrex, but I did not like how it made me feel. I tried it for about 2 weeks before I decided that I wanted to focus on all natural healing. Since then, I have not taken any antivirals.

      Taking suppressive medication to protect a non h partner is a personal choice. I personally chose not to do so because I did not like taking antivirals. Instead, I took the time to learn my body and outbreak symptoms, focussed on rebuilding my immunity and my partner’s immunity, did not have sex during outbreaks or prodromal symptoms and placed myself on a supplement protocol. I have several other suggestions on how to protect your partner on pages 102-107 of my new book. My husband did not have herpes (or at least we thought), but I encourage you to read our story in my new book Live, Love and Thrive with Herpes. If has some very insightful things to learn and can be found on page 107 which can be purchased at

  4. Ashley says:

    What drugs can you take that suppress the Herpes virus? How are you suppose to have children with someone when you have herpes? My boyfriend cheated on me and that is how I became infected with the disease. The clinic I went to basically told me my positive test results and that I should use condoms and that I would be infected for the rest of my life…I’m only 19 years old. It would be nice to know that I could have a positive outlook on sex and a future relationship instead of staying with a cheater for the rest of my life, so I can’t pass the disease on to someone else. Any advice or tips would be greatly appreciated.

    • Dr. Kelly says:

      I am so sorry that your provider did not give you the information or support you needed.

      To answer your question, the most common drugs to suppress herpes are Valtrex, Famvir, and Acyclovir. You can ask you health care professional for a prescription.

      One of the best ways to empower yourself and move forward with a healthy sex life is to get educated and inspired. I know that you are going through a lot right now and unfortunately there is a great deal of misinformation out there, especially on the internet.

      In the next few weeks, we will be launching a private, women’s only forum where you can get support, so stay tuned! In the meantime, I suggest you read my new book, Live, Love and Thrive with Herpes: A Holistic Guide for Women. It will comfort you an give you a no nonsense approach as to how to live and love again, despite your having herpes.

      Live. Love. Thrive.
      Dr. Kelly

  5. Esther says:

    Thank you Dr. Kelly. I am grateful to have found your website. I’ve had herpes for 10 years. Although I have not had that many outbreaks; this last year I’ve had two, which seriously reminded me I carry this virus. It is only now that I’ve started researching online to learn more about it. When I was diagnosed I didn’t make a big deal out of it. In fact, I didn’t care much. I just assumed the outbreaks would lessen with time, eventually not having any at all. At least that is what the wonderful doctor told me. He made me feel quite normal and fine about it.
    All this to say, now I am looking into my eating habits as a gateway to keep outbreaks at bay and hopefully even eradicating it fully. I am trying to make the link with this virus and nutrition. (I had noticed that as I had been eating a lot of processed sugar and alcohol lately, plus many social functions, this might have triggered two outbreaks within a short period of time)
    I’m eager to learn about healing myself naturally. As I write this, I feel a strong determination to cure myself .
    I just know there is a way.
    Thanks again.

  6. hellen says:

    Hi, my name is Hellen. I am 22 years old and I just find out that I have herpes. When I found out that I had it, I cried my life out. I was asking the doctor if this goes away and she said no, that it never does. I hope scientists can find a cure for this, so people can have a better life. Will there be a cure for this one day? Please let people know.

  7. Ruth palmer says:

    Hello, I’m Ruth and I am 22 years old. I contracted herpes at 19. I just came out a serious relationship and he had moved on. I ran off crying my heart out and there was a boy that comforted me through that hard time and we just got really close. I didn’t have sex with him for ages and he told me he loved me! But he gave me herpes and fled. I hate him. My life is ruined…. Well, that’s what I thought, until I met my girlfriend. She is amazing. I told her before we got in the relationship that I had herpes and she stayed “) The only problem is that we now think she has it – we were careful “( I never usually talk to anyone about this, but now I’m cursed for life and I’m not promiscuous, just wish I could be cured!!

  8. Fabian Lecca says:

    The natural treatments are effective, safe, and without the unpleasant side effects experienced with synthetic medications. The standard allopathic treatment for herpes simplex using acyclovir (Zovirax), has often the same, or even less rate of healing
    than is experienced with the herbal therapies.

  9. Anonymous says:

    I’ve been infected with herpes by my boyfriend, who was unaware he had it.
    Luckily we’re in love and still together, but the worst part of it is having to imagine how my love life will be if we ever break up.

  10. Ritu says:

    It has been discovered that natural remedies help to prevent recurrent outbreaks by boosting immune system. Herbs such as Hypericum Mysorense, is traditionally believed to have antiviral properties.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Everyone would be elated by a herpes vaccine, but I do not believe they will every put one out, even if they find a cure/vaccine. It is financially too lucrative for them to put people on preventive/treatment medications than to provide a vaccine/cure. Living with HSV is depressing. The thought that they will not come out with a cure is even more depressing but I don’t think they care to come out with a cure. A lot of people feel this way but no one puts pressure on these companies.

  12. Resources says:

    Good day! This is my first comment here so I juxt wanted to give a quick shout out and tell yoou I really enjoy reading your posts.
    Can you suggest any other blogs/websites/forums that go over thhe same subjects?

    Thank you so much!

  13. applewine says:

    There is an effective genital herpes vaccine and only one, but it is prohibited by the FDA. This is the ICP0 live replicating vaccine. I suggest immediate safety trials by the FDA for six months and a bill that will allow it to be legalized after safety trials. This is the original role the FDA played, only verifying safety, not efficacy. The FDA has discouraged any corporate backing of a live replicating vaccine for HSV, but these are the only kind that provide true immunization. Sub-unit vaccines are what the FDA has been pushing for decades, but they don’t work.

  14. Anonymous says:

    I went to the doctor. They called me back, but I never went back in to see my results. I kinda think it’s genital herpes, but I don’t wanna find out for sure yet. I’ve been having these pimples, but never blisters. It only itches when I wear non cotton material underwear. I’m 18 years old and I’ve been coping with the thought of possibly having herpes. My life must continue. I’m strong, I still love my life and I will be the best I can be regardless. Master your emotions people.

  15. Ry says:

    I’m an 18 year old male and last week I was diagnosed with Herpes Simplex 1. My outbreak was in my throat. I could not eat or drink for days without being in pain. I feel so worthless and scared. I know the person who gave this virus to me and I keep thinking of things o could have done to prevent all of this. I am scared I will never be able to share a passionate kiss with someone I will love. I dont know what else to do.

  16. Anonymous says:

    I’m so afraid. I contracted herpes last summer and my boyfriend just got a test this morning and I have been very careful but I recently got an out break. I hope he didn’t get it. He would hate me for ever. I wish they would come out with a cure for this soon. I wish I never made the mistake I did and contracted this horrible life long jail sentence

  17. Rachel says:

    I got herpes 3 years ago it was under control until 6 months ago and I have had around 10 outbreaks in this time. I’m devastated! I’m taking a suppressant dose of valtrex and still getting outbreaks.
    Anyone got any suggestions?

    • Dr. Kelly says:

      There must be something in your diet or lifestyle that is triggering your outbreaks. I suggest you do my 30 Day Quick Start program to get you on track to managing your outbreaks. I cover this in detail in my new online course which can be purchased by joining our Pink Tent forum. In the Foundations Course, I also have a module on the Top Triggers for herpes outbreaks.

  18. Hoping for a cure within our lifetime says:

    Hi, I was infected about three years ago. It’s sad to say but he was my first and my first boyfriend I am still with him today but there seems to be sooo much pent up anger sometimes I feel like it will never work. His parents knew he new, and he never fessed up he tried to put the blame on me like I cheated on him or something, (when I knew I didn’t and there was no one else I could have got it from). I told my closest friend and was so depressed for months wanted to commit suicide honestly, and after that rumor got around and from then on no one wanted to talk to me, I don’t blame them though, all I have to blame is myself. About a year into our relationship he finally confessed. I have figured that I can do better than him and have met some fabulously handsome men, that hit on me like crazy, but I am not a cheater so I turn them down, but if I didn’t have herpes I could get out of a relationship that I don’t want to be in, I know no one will take me with this disease and this is the best I can do. So If I can make a cure I would do it myself but please for the love of humanity someone help us my life is destroyed and the depression never ends I still haven’t come to terms 3 years later just kill me 🙁

    • Dr. Kelly says:

      You are not damaged goods and you CAN find someone who will accept you for who you are. I am so sorry to hear that you don’t think that there is another partner out there for you. I suggest that you join our Pink Tent forum and read some awesome, inspiring stories from other women with herpes. Keep your head held high and know that you are worthy of love. I also suggest that you read my new book so that you can learn how to emotionally heal from a herpes diagnosis.

      Live. Love. Thrive.
      Dr. Kelly

  19. Anonymous says:

    My fiancee and I were broke for almost all of this yr. Pawning our belongings, selling weed, going interview to interview with no success. Finally we found escorting. A company who promised financial stability and future wealth. We saw money come and go, put most of it into my arm. I’m 20, he’s 23. We went to high school together and were trying to make ends meet, while self medicating our depression. We noticed sores on his genitals yesterday and went to get checked today. The doctor immediately prescribed him on valtrex, I can’t get tested until Thursday but we already know. We’re extremely depressed, facing eviction, going through withdrawals, and I don’t have enough for tuition for the fall semester. It’s just one thing after another. The doctors were cruel and unsupportive. So was my family. We don’t know where to turn or where to even to start to cope before we’re homeless.

  20. praying for a cure says:

    Hi I just found out that I was diagnosed with hsv2…I just also really started falling for this guy. I can see a future but tooo scared to even tell him. Im ashamed and feel stupid. The person I believe I contracted it from Im upset with. We argue all the time. I don’t know what to do anymore. How good are these suppressed meds? Im embarrassed to even tell my personal gyn. I was diagnosed because something didnt seem right and I went in for an emergency check up. What are they waiting on to find a cure?!!

  21. Bill Halford says:


    My name is Bill Halford, and I am a herpes immunologist. My lab has been developing a live-attenuated HSV-2 vaccine for the past 10 years, and there may be the opportunity in the not-so-distant future to advance this vaccine to human clinical trials.

    In case the members of your support group would be interested, they can learn more about the current status of herpes vaccine research at the following blog site:

    This is a no-B.S. forum in which I describe what has gone wrong with past HSV-2 vaccines (e.g., Herpevac) and why the HSV-2 vaccines that Big Pharma, the NIH, and the FDA keep pushing are unlikely to offer a permanent solution that eradicates HSV-2 genital herpes once and for all (e.g., GEN-003, HerpV, Vical, Admedus). More importantly, I explain why a live-attenuated HSV-2 vaccine may be achieved safely with technology we have in hand and why this approach would be about 100 times more effective than the litany of HSV-2 vaccine candidates that have failed in human clinical trials in 1990, 1994, 1997, 1999, 2002, and 2012 (as well as the ones I name above that are equally unlikely to succeed).

    Thank you for your consideration and for potentially sharing this note with your members.

    Sincerely yours,
    Bill Halford, Associate Professor, SIU School of Medicine

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