Scientists May Be On The Verge Of Making A Herpes Vaccine That Works
It happens to the best of us: We've all had a little too much fun and brought someone home who we probably had no business ever meeting in the first place, only to be left with a bad hangover and zero idea of what went down the night before.
If that's happened to you, then you've gone through "the scare" -- the emotional crisis that occurs after a one-night stand.
How did I get home? Where did I leave my wallet? Did I use protection?
Like I said, it happens to the best of us. But luckily, science is one step closer to protecting our sober selves from our drunk selves.
Science News reports that an experimental herpes vaccination has been effective in test studies performed on mice.
This vaccine is different than previous versions because it works by stimulating an antibody that connects to the immune protein receptor FC-gamma.
The protein and the antibody then attack the herpes infection and bring in a whole bunch of immune cells to stop the herpes in its tracks.
Researchers think an older version of the herpes vaccination had a certain component that masked the virus and allowed it to spread. The previous vaccination was effective on guinea pigs but failed to work on humans.
So we're not 100 percent safe from our own drunken choices yet, but aren't you glad there are scientists in this world working on that for us?