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John Brunstein brunstei at UNIXG.UBC.CA
Tue Jan 10 13:25:48 EST 1995

On Tue, 10 Jan 1995, Giovanni Maga wrote:

> In article <001303Z10011995 at anon.penet.fi>, an172190 at anon.penet.fi wrote:
> > 
> > My daughter contracted HSVII from a former boyfriend. She is extremely 
> > depressed and reasons that no self-respecting man could ever want her as 
> > a partner if he knew about this problem. Is there any cause for optimism 
> > in terms of a cure (she uses acyclovir)? In the near future? Thank you 
> > for any info. 
> > 
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> ACV is still the best drug in clinical use, but maybe we are not too far
> from finding out more effective drugs (I will not say anything about a
> vaccine, even if there is a formidable effort in this direction). If (as I
> understood) your daughter is just serum-positive, she can look at life with
> optimism: it is not said that she will develop AIDS, and even so, it can
	Woah! Hold on!The original message said the infection was HSV -- 
that's Herpes Simplex, not HIV!   As far as being HSV positive, it's my 
understanding that it's really pretty minor, for most people it rarely 
flares up and even when it does it's hardly life-threatening.  As to the 
original posting, it might make the daugter feel a little better to know 
that it's really rather common...that's what causes cold sores, and I 
seem to remember a statistic that something better than half the 
population of the western world will display these at least once.  As far 
as viral diseases go, it's one of the less nasty ones and hardly 
something to blight someone's life.

> happen in years. The problem of social relationships is extremely serious
> (depending also where you are living). The only thing I can say is that if
> her future companion really loves her, then the problem will be solved. You
> can have relationships (even sexual) with a partner with a sufficient
> opened mind and being carefully. But I do not want to elude the problem:
> your daughter will suffer and she need your help as well as the help from
> people who understand that avoiding HIV infected people does not protect
> themselves neither helps who is suffering.
> All the best.

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