At the present moment, genital and oral herpes are certainly manageable but there is no cure for herpes. And when managing a herpes condition, it is important to use a reputable herpes treatment at the very first indication of an outbreak in order to minimize the severity of the flare-up.
One of the reasons that herpes infections are difficult to treat effectively is that the virus hides in the cells of the nervous system between outbreaks. During these times, when the infection is latent, the virus becomes effectively invisible to drugs and the immune system. During active infections, some of the hidden virus “wakes up” to do its dirty work, but while hidden it is nearly impossible for treatment to lead to a full herpes cure.
Researchers from Duke University appear to have found the part of the viral genome that codes for the proteins that allow the oral herpes virus to hide out during latent periods. The scientists think that they may be able to develop a drug that turns off these viral brakes, and allows the virus to come out of dormancy once and for all so that it can be thoroughly eradicated by an antiviral treatment. I suspect that most people with herpes would be thrilled with the possibility of a cure for herpes, even if they had to risk a massive outbreak in between receiving the drug to activate the virus and the therapy to cure it.
Based on this research, it will probably be quite a few years still before a herpes treatment is available, even if the first round of animal trials are successful. Still, this news provides something positive for suffers of the virus to look forward to. In the meantime, the medical community suggests the use of an herbal herpes treatment to suppress the outbreaks and to minimize the severity of those outbreaks.