REVOLUTIONARY vaccination technology to prevent and treat genital herpes has reached the next step in clinical trials, with Professor Ian Frazer leading the charge.
The new technology aims to be a prevention and cure for the Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV-2) and if successful, could lead to effective vaccinations or remedies for currently incurable viruses like HIV-AIDS or hepatitis C.
Professor Ian Frazer, whose work in linking the human papilloma virus (HPV) and cervical cancer to create a world-first vaccine earned him Australian of the Year in 2006, said if the vaccine was successful it would "revolutionise the vaccine field".
"This is a technology which, if it works for one virus, it's going to be very helpful for a whole range of other infections that we don't yet have vaccines for at the moment," he said.
"It's a combination of prevention and then a sort of treatment approach. Maybe what's required for the viruses that we don't really have good vaccines for at the moment such as HIV aids virus, hepatitis C virus."
There are two strains of herpes, with HSV-1 most commonly associated with cold sores and HSV-2 - the virus targeted by this newest vaccine - most commonly associated with genital herpes.
Extensive testing at the Translational Research Institute for the Coridon vaccine has already showed promising results in animals but Professor Frazer said the next step to work with humans would ensure the vaccine was safe.
"There have been many trials of herpes vaccines over the last 50 years and we don't have one that works yet - that's why we're using what I believe is a revolutionary approach for the vaccine. To date, the focus has been on getting vaccines that will produce antibody that will protect you and that does not seem to be enough."
He said the vaccine had passed all tests so far and there was "no doubt" it would be safe, hoping the jab could be ready in six years.
"My main job is to make sure that we do the right trials to find out if the product will work as quickly and effectively as possible," he said.
"If it does work we don't want to waste any time (getting it out) and if it doesn't work we want to know so that we can move forward and find a better way."
People have a less than 1 in 10,000 chance of developing a reaction to vaccines.
"It is obviously everyone's decision if they get vaccinated or not but to decide not to vaccinate a child is to put them at an unnecessary risk for no benefit because the vaccinations we have at the moment are extraordinarily safe," Prof Frazer said.
"To not to vaccinate someone is to ignore the fact that while you think they will not come into contact with an infection; unfortunately viruses don't think like that."
Prof Frazer, who worked with a team of six since 2008 on the technology and vaccine, said Queensland was well-placed to lead the world in clinical research.
"We want to compete on a global stage and that's a benefit for the community but all the medical research that we do isn't to make Queensland great, it's to make our community healthy."
He encouraged young Queenslanders to get involved in research.
"Follow your dream, if you like science and want to do something useful for it, go for it. Secondly, never think you're not good enough."
Researchers are now seeking healthy male and female volunteers between 18 to 45 years old to be involved. Contact recruiters Q-Pharm on 1300 774 276 or email ***@****
:) well that's great to read--looks like he and his team were behind the HPV vaccine against cervical cancer as well. This would still be years down the road if it was successful, but it is heartening to see new research and ideas coming forward.
Caring for Patients With Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Peripheral Neuropathy
July 10, 2011 by Dr. John Hayes Leave a Comment
femaledocblue 300x288 Caring for Patients With Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Peripheral Neuropathy
The peripheral neuropathy patient population is growing.
That’s understandable when you look at the increase in
• Autoimmune diseases like lupus, Guillain-Barre’ Syndrome
But there is another fast growing peripheral neuropathy patient population that often goes unnoticed.
Patients with sexually transmitted diseases or STD’s such as:
• Genital Herpes (or any one of the large number of herpes-simplex viruses)
• Hepatitis B and D
• HPV (Human papillomavirus infection)
Or some combination of these diseases.
These patients can be some of your most challenging. Many are reluctant to discuss or even acknowledge that they have an STD. By the time they’ve developed symptoms of peripheral neuropathy and seek treatment from a specialist in treating neuropathy, they could be facing serious nerve damage.
You could be playing beat the clock to head off permanent damage. Your first order of business is to educate them on peripheral neuropathy, how they developed it and what they need to do to help themselves.
Explaining How Their STD Caused Peripheral Neuropathy
Many sexually transmitted diseases are caused by viruses or bacteria. Viruses and bacteria can attack nerve tissue and severely damage sensory nerves. If those nerves are damaged, your patient is going to feel the pain, quickly.
The virus that causes HIV, in particular, can cause extensive damage to the peripheral nerves. Often, the progression of the disease can actually be tracked according to the specific type of neuropathy the patient develops. Painful polyneuropathy affecting the feet and hands can be one of first clinical signs of HIV infection.
Any of these viruses or bacteria can cause nerve damage and the resulting peripheral neuropathy. Many patients understand the more common symptoms of their illness but they don’t understand why they would have nerve damage. Once they understand exactly why they’re having
• Muscle weakness
• Muscle cramps
• Inability to feel sensation
• Numbness or tingling
• Loss of reflexes
• Blood pressure problems
• Sweating too much or too little
• Heart rate issues and inability to feel chest pain
• Bladder control issues
• Diarrhea or constipation
• Difficulty swallowing because your esophagus doesn’t function properly
• Erectile dysfunction
• Heart burn
• Inability to feel sensation in your hands and feet
They will better understand why you’re recommending the treatment your recommending. Chances are that when they were diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease, they understood how it would affect their sex life and the more intimate aspects of their lives. They had no idea that their STD could cause serious nerve damage as well. Understanding exactly how these illnesses can cause peripheral neuropathy and serious nerve damage will make for a much more compliant patient.
The Best Course of Treatment
If your patient presents with any of these diseases and they’ve developed peripheral neuropathy, start treatment immediately. The earlier you start treatment, the less likely they will be to develop permanent nerve damage. Your NeuropathyDR® protocol offers one of the best chances these patients have for minimizing or even avoiding permanent nerve damage from peripheral neuropathy.
In addition to the NeuropathyDR® protocol and specific drug therapies designed for the particular condition, you also need to work with your patient on lifestyle issues. Specifically,
• Getting plenty of rest
• Pacing themselves and limiting their activities
• Exercising regularly – walking, swimming and yoga are great exercises for neuropathy patients
• Take care of their skin and limiting exposure to the sun
• Quitting smoking
• Eating a healthy, well balanced diet
• Keeping high blood pressure under control
• Always practicing safe sex to protect their partners and themselves
As a NeuropathyDR® clinician you can offer these patients the best chance possible for avoiding permanent nerve damage from their sexually transmitted disease.
Once you’re trained in the NeuropathyDR® treatment protocol and ready serve this challenging and fast growing patient population, let us help you reach them.
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