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Swedes Discover Genital Herpes Vaccine

Published onsdag 17 mars 2010 kl 12.41
A vaccine against genital herpes may soon be reality.

A Swedish team of researchers may have found a vaccine against genital herpes, newspaper Göteborgs-Posten reports. The vaccine has already been tested successfully on mice, which became immune to the virus after undergoing a harmless infection.

The scientists at Gothenburg’s Sahlgrenska Hospital used a protein produced by the herpes virus itself to create the vaccine.

About half a billion people in the world have genital herpes, an infection that triples one’s risk of contracting HIV.

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