Why there isn't a cure for herpes??
Got it from a slut on sunday and I want to die.
(IDK if this is OT, sorry)
It goes away after like 10-15 years. Maybe longer.
I once had one of those dirty shot girls in New Orleans try to kiss me with her herpes mouth. You're an idiot if you couldn't tell there was herpes all up in whatever you touched.
I'm pretty convinced that retroviruses are some of the world's biggest assholes. To the best of my knowledge I'm not infected with any known ones which makes contracting one all the scarier. I don't care if it's common, the idea of shit that can't even be seen with the naked eye making a plaything of my genetic makeup unbeknownst to me and against my will is infuriating.
I can't wait until humanity has developed the technology to purge viral DNA and drive the little fuckers to extinction.
Herpes doesn't have a cure. The virus travels into your nerve endings and sits there and waits for your weakness to rush back and keep multiplying.
Herpes is also probably one of the least dangerous viruses. It has no effect on human body besides the look and slight stinging effect. You can use creams to dry the skin in that part and stop the spread, and some pills to make the virus go sleep. Although why it's got no cure is beyond me. It's just in there for fucks sake.
>It's just in there for fucks sake.
That's exactly why it's so hard to cure.
Unlike most viruses, that take your cells as hostage and simply use their own genetic material to replicate themselves using the cell's resources, viruses like herpes and HIV literally integrates into your DNA. They become a part of you, changing you fundamentally, not simply mooch off like a leech. As >>7794988 said, it's some scary shit, and I am equally scared of them.
Also, this is how -all- retroviruses work, not just HIV or herpes.
>I can't wait until humanity has developed the technology to purge viral DNA and drive the little fuckers to extinction.
Got bad news for you, bro. The future of cancer treatment is in retroviral gene therapy.
> viruses like herpes and HIV literally integrates into your DNA. They become a part of you, changing you fundamentally,
Wtf ? Isn't there a way for the body to identify alien DNA and get rid of it ?
>The future of cancer treatment is in retroviral gene therapy.
Bullshit. Reverse-transcriptace is too error prone, making mutations rampant. It'll evolve far too quickly and create far more problems than it solves. DNA viruses are far more stable.
No. How can it? It's not like it comes in a different color. It uses the same 4 bases and sugar-phosphate backbone. To the cell, it looks like gibberish, just like its own DNA. Which is why once it's inside, it's at its mercy.
>It's different than the rest of our DNA isn't it?
No. Well, it's different in the sense that it serves different functions, but there's now way for the cell to know what any of the functions are. It's not like there's some pattern in the base pairs, and even if there was, there'd be nothing to compare it to. Once the DNA integrates into the host genome, the only copy of the original DNA is corrupted.
Sure, uncorrupted copies exist, but they exist in other cells, and our cells don't have a means to share genetic information like bacteria do.
>Wat if we make a custom virus that replaces the foreign DNA with our DNA :^) Surely it's going to have to be engineered separately for every other person.
When you can find a way to do that, go contact NobelPrize. There's no way to know exactly where the viral DNA inserts itself into the host genome. It's different for every cell. We can barely differentiate functions between genetic material within a single cell, let alone a hundred billion. Oh, and that's ignoring the problem of our own immune system fighting off this virus. Let's say we made it bypass our immune system. Then you have to solve the evolution where that supervirus you created mutates and evolves to be a super-efficient, self-replicating machine that wrecks havoc in our bodies for its own self interest. At some point, that -will- happen, because its survival will depend on it from a natural standpoint.
Well, you could just, you know, not get infected in the first place. There's no cure like prevention.
>Yea except herpes isn't a retrovirus
Don't know where you're getting your information from.
That is a link to a fucking awful community college essay. How about you look up the Baltimore classification?
1. That is not the CDC website
2. It doesn't say herpes is a retrovirus, it describes the transcription of viral DNA by RNA polymerase, which is NOT a reverse transcriptase.
Retroviruses are RNA that get turned into DNA. Herpes is already DNA.
How can you guys be so misinformed?
I don't have it either. Mother was a virgin 'till she got knocked up with me, dad wasn't but didn't have herpes. Mum never got a cold sore, nor have I or my siblings.
Granted, the trade off is me being a kissless virgin that's super awkward when trying to flirt because I ask people if they've ever gotten a cold sore before and bail if they say yes (or, more often, get bailed on for asking).