Medicine: Relieving Herpes

A new pill can thwart attacks

For the one out of ten Americans afflicted with genital herpes, the worst aspect of the sexually transmitted infection is that the symptoms keep coming back. "Herpes is forever," as one wag put it. The average sufferer endures five to eight bouts a year of painful, itchy blisters; many have outbreaks every month. Now, for the first time, there is hope for those so afflicted. According to two studies reported in the latest issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, daily doses of a new, capsule form...

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