Medicine: Help Is Coming for Herpes

Scientists are developing tests, vaccines and treatments

The epidemic continues. An estimated 20.5 million Americans already have genital herpes, and several times that number live in fear of getting it. Their yearning for relief, a method of prevention and a cure for the virus has driven some to extremes; herpes sufferers have been known to try everything from hair dryers to Clorox to heal their lesions. Now, for the first time, it looks as though help and, more important, a means of preventing the disease may be on the way.

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