The Sun (23-9-15) Wrote About a Mum Who is Asking People Not to Kiss New Babies
Because Claire Henderson had never had a cold sore (or any other herpes simplex virus) her baby did not have any antibody protection when someone with a cold sore kissed baby Brooke. The newborn baby became very ill. Luckily, the hospital put the baby on an aciclovir drip and this ensured that she made a full recovery.
If you have genital herpes, cold sores, or whitlows (on the finger), your new babies have ‘borrowed’ antibody protection that will last them until they are old enough to catch things without danger. So you do not have to worry about infecting your baby.
Since no one knows the antibody status of a new baby, don’t kiss a baby that is not yours!
There has been a law since 1917 that ensures that information about you – when you visit a sexual health clinic – is kept confidential. The government is proposing to scrap this law and replace it with woolly rules on confidentiality… Read more about this on our blog. Or go straight to the (short) survey organised by BASHH (sexual health doctors’ organisation). Send it to anyone else you think will help.
Sara Pugh’s baby became ill when she was only a few days old. She was taken to hospital but not treated with antiviral drugs because “No one knew what was wrong.” As a result, the damage to her organs and brain caused this tragic death. This story was reported in the Daily Mirror, 5 Dec 2014.
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“The conviction was sound” – read our press release, May 2014 and our blog.
This is the only criminal trial in the UK, ever, regarding herpes. It happened only because neither David nor his lawyer did anything to find out about herpes. David went to court and pleaded guilty. There was no trial, therefore this cannot be said to create a precedent. Read more about this in the article by Nigel Scott.
In December 2012, the Amgen PR lady informed us that their report re the phase I Immunovex vaccine trial was not ready for publication. However she assured us that Amgen is committed to following pharma’s guidelines which say that the results of every trial involving volunteers (42 in this case) must be made public. This vaccine was created by the Biovex company, and Amgen has bought Biovex. Phase I is the safety stage – and, so far, the vaccine has proved safe. So it will be a commercial decision as to whether a phase II trial is undertaken. The hope is that this jab could prevent genital herpes in those as yet uninfected and also act as a treatment for people who are getting too many genital herpse outbreaks.
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Is your local sexual health/contraception service performing well? Under the new NHS rules that ‘any competent provider’ can be commissioned to provide a service, we need to ensure that sexual health and family planning clinics are up to sratch. You can record your experiences on the FPA/Brook interactive webpage.
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Marian is our Director (see About Us). Her story can be seen in the NHS Choices video here.
You can now support research that will contribute to finding a cure for this virus. We checked out the projects of nine different researchers in the UK and spoke to three of them. We have decided to support Dr Klenerman’s research in the Dept of Chemistry at the University of Cambridge’s Department. He explained that the first stage of his work will soon be the subject of “a nice paper on how a neutralising antibody prevents HSV entry, exploiting the novel biophysical methods that we have developed and adapted to follow viral entry”.
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