ProjectAccept.org

ProjectAccept.org ProjectAccept.org is the leading non-profit providing education and awareness surrounding human herpesviruses and papillomaviruses, especially HSV & HPV.
Together, we can declare checkmate on HSV & HPV. ProjectAccept.org is the united campaign to raise awareness, increase acceptance and fund cure research for herpesviruses & papillomaviruses. ProjectAccept.org aspires to become the primary voice and vehicle of those affected by persistent herpesviruses & papillomaviruses. The reason for this is simple: united, those impacted by persistent socially-transmitted viruses represent one of the largest, most powerful organizations on earth. Divided and isolated, as they are now, they make very little impact on the social stigma regarding these viruses or the cures for the viruses themselves. Founded in 2012, ProjectAccept.org is a non-stock(non-profit) corporation, registered in the State of Virginia.

ProjectAccept.org is actively involved in producing herpes awareness and acceptance campaigns, including The Walk for H, held in major markets around the United States.

Mission: There are untold billions of people on earth affected by herpesviruses and papillomaviruses. Combined and organized, they could make a far greater impact on both the social stigma and accelerate the search for cures.

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08/17/2019

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08/17/2019

Testing - Sorting out the Alphabet Soup
By Nanette Tincher, RN, BSN

The test you want your clinician to order when screening blood for HSV antibodies is:

******* HSV Type-Specific IgG Antibody blood test ******* .

Antibodies = the immune system's response to the presence of HSV (or any foreign organism) in the body. You won't have antibodies to HSV if there is no HSV in your body. Antibodies are in your blood, the actual virus is NOT.

Viral DNA = the actual virus which can be found at the location of an outbreak lesion. The virus lives in the nerves at the base of the skull or the base of the spine, NOT in bodily fluids like blood, saliva, semen or vaginal fluids.

Common Test Types

* IgM (blood) – measures the "initial" antibodies found in the blood just after acquiring the HSV. Positive results may also reflect infection of chickenpox, mono or other human herpesviruses besides HSV, so this test is not recommended as a confirmed diagnosis without other testing to confirm.

* IgG type-specific (blood) - measures the "long term" antibodies found in the blood, most commonly 4-6 MONTHS after acquiring HSV. False negatives results are common if tested less than 4 months after acquiring the virus, as there has not been time for the body to recognize the virus and produce sufficient antibodies. If you want to know if it is type 1 or 2, then you MUST ASK for the type-specific test.

* PCR (swab) - the test that identifies the actual DNA of the HSV. This test is commonly referred to as a culture swab of an outbreak lesion. The most reliable "positive" result for HSV. A false negative is possible if you wait too long to swab the lesion after it first appears.
* PCR (blood) – tests for the virus in the bloodstream which is a rare and serious occurrence. Healthcare providers may accidentally order this test. It is the WRONG TEST to screen for HSV and will give a misleading negative result.

Understanding BloodTests

The IgG type-specific test is the more accurate blood test for an HSV diagnosis. The IgG antibodies are the body's more specific immune response after acquiring HSV. They are the immune system's long term sparring partner and show up to "greet" the virus after the IgM antibodies have disipated. IgG type-specific tests for antibodies in the blood. There should be a minimum 4-6 month wait from the initial exposure of HSV before you can rely on an accurate test result. This test looks for the "long term" antibodies the immune system creates to deal with HSV. Early testing can result in false negative results.

The IgM test will show up positive shortly after acquiring HSV. These are the body's "meet-er" antibodies. The problem is they may "meet" other viruses in the herpes family (chickenpox; EBV, which can cause mono; shingles, etc.) and those can also trigger a false positive result for HSV. The presence of IgM antibodies will diminish after the initial acquisition of HSV. A negative result can occur if the person has had HSV for a long time or is tested immediately after exposure (it takes at least a few days for IgM to show up). If the person has had HSV for a long time, an IgM antibody test will typically result negative as IgM antibodies have subsided and the IgG antibodies more specific to HSV are being made by the immune system. It produces unreliable results and should be followed up in 4-6 months with an IgG antibody blood test for a definitive diagnosis.

Do NOT accept an order for a PCR blood test for routine screening. Unless you are very sick with viremia (the virus IN the bloodstream), this test will come back NEGATIVE.
Western Blot is a specialized IgG test done ONLY though the University of Washington Virology Department in Seattle, WA. To order the test, you must contact their lab.
Understanding Culture Swabs

Culture swab PCR detects the VIRUS found at the site of the outbreak so should be done only in the presence of an outbreak.

If the lesion is old and has started to crust over, there may not be enough viral DNA to trigger a positive test result.
A positive culture swab is the MOST DEFINITIVE positive HSV test result, as it detects the presence of the actual virus. On the flip side, waiting even one day too long can result in a negative test result, even though the person has HSV and an active herpes outbreak. Unlike with an IgG blood test, there is no waiting period when testing a lesion for an accurate result.
Ideally, have your partner tested BEFORE you knowingly expose him/her to the virus through oral, vaginal or anal contact. If that didn't happen, the next best thing is to have them get an IgG type-specific blood test as soon as possible (within a week) after contact. If they have an outbreak, have them get the IgG blood test and a PCR swab. A positive swab along with a negative IgG would indicate a new infection.

In the absence of an outbreak, if they test positive on an IgG type-specific test,this indicates that they had HSV prior to sexual contact with you. If the IgG test is negative, a follow-up test 4-6 months after initial exposure is necessary to confirm the person indeed did or did not acquire HSV at the suspect time.

Should a relationship with a confirmed non-H person not work out, they should get the IgG type-specific blood test 16 weeks out of the relationship to recheck their status. Even though they may not have hadan outbreak, it does not mean they did not contract HSV from you. Only about 20% (1 in 5) of people with HSV have any recognizable symptoms. The other 80% have no clue they have HSV because they don’t get symptoms

FINALLY (to help clear the muck you wish)............

It is possible to be IgM negative, IgG negative and PCR negative, and still have HSV - with or without symptoms. Knowing the testing dynamics and timelines is important in understanding when follow-up testing is a good idea.

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09/25/2018

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If you are struggling with how to cope with your diagnosis or have medical questions about hsv, ProjectAccept.org has te...
04/10/2018
Support Discussion Information

If you are struggling with how to cope with your diagnosis or have medical questions about hsv, ProjectAccept.org has teamed up with Imagine Life Coaching, Inc to provide you with online support services every Tuesday. You will be able to ask questions and participate in live group discussion related to the struggles and concerns about having an HSV diagnosis.

We have a few more spots left for this evening's meeting. For more information click on the link.

http://projectaccept.org/support-discussion-information/

We at ProjectAccept.org recognize the emotional and physical struggle many of you may have after receiving an HSV diagnosis, and we also understand that overcoming the news can be difficult. Proje…

If you are struggling with how to cope with your diagnosis or have medical questions about hsv, ProjectAccept.org has te...
04/09/2018
Support Discussion Information

If you are struggling with how to cope with your diagnosis or have medical questions about hsv, ProjectAccept.org has teamed up with Imagine Life Coaching to provide you with online support services every Tuesday. You will be able to ask questions and participate in live group discussion related to the struggles and concerns about having an HSV diagnosis.

For more information click on the link.

http://projectaccept.org/support-discussion-information/

We at ProjectAccept.org recognize the emotional and physical struggle many of you may have after receiving an HSV diagnosis, and we also understand that overcoming the news can be difficult. Proje…

08/09/2017

Many have asked me my opinion on the Usher situation so
here's my take on Usher.... I don't know all of the details so I won't comment specifically on the accusers or the accused. My thoughts are from the years of experiences and conversations I've had with others. The lawsuit is brought on by the fact he did not disclose. Um... we still have DOCTORS telling their patients they don't have to disclose!!!!! How many of you have read or talked to someone who's said that - or did you have the same experience with your doctor? All he has to do is claim his doctor told him he did not have to disclose because it was so common and he would be following doctor's orders. So... don't be mad only at Usher for not disclosing but also at the medical field for giving lame education after a diagnosis. This is a prime reason I am so passionate about getting the message out, fighting the stigma and changing the way the medical field views and educates people with hsv.

New research suggests animals may be 10x more susceptible to viral infection in the morning, as animal cell mechanisms c...
08/18/2016
Viruses 'more dangerous in the morning' - BBC News

New research suggests animals may be 10x more susceptible to viral infection in the morning, as animal cell mechanisms change considerably during the 24-hour daily cycle.

Viruses are more dangerous when they infect their victims in the morning, a University of Cambridge study suggests.

'Key' to recognizing and immunizing herpes/ common cold
04/05/2016
'Key' to recognizing and immunizing herpes/ common cold

'Key' to recognizing and immunizing herpes/ common cold

Prior to this study, it was known that interferon regulatory factor-3 (IRF-3), a protein coding gene, contributed to a first line of defense against viral infection by triggering antiviral activity. However the activation of IRF-3 following infection was not fully understood.The study found that an…

A newly-published paper states that Alzheimer's Disease research has largely ignored the suggested potential for a micro...
03/10/2016
Paper calls for more research into microbes as cause of Alzheimer's

A newly-published paper states that Alzheimer's Disease research has largely ignored the suggested potential for a microbial cause of AD and calls for increased research on the three main factors (suspected of cause or contribution to) Alzheimer's Disease: HSV-1, chlamydia bacteria and another bacteria called spirochaete.

No, this doesn't mean HSV-1, chlamydia or spirochaete actually cause or contribute to AD. Nobody knows. It merely means that one group of researchers strongly believes there's sufficient evidence to demand that each of them should be researched exhaustively as as a potential cause or contributor in order to reach a definitive conclusion.

It also means that if the powers that be respond to these researchers positively, there will be more research money allocated to HSV.

In a journal editorial, an international team suggests a virus and two bacteria are major causes of Alzheimer's disease and calls for more research to investigate further.

03/05/2016
High School Wrestler Says He Got Herpes During A Match

A high school wrestler learned about herpes the hard way recently, alleging to have acquired HSV during a state wrestling match. "One California teen had the unthinkable happen to him when he somehow contracted the virus after a match on what had to be the dirtiest mat of all time." In truth, herpes gladiatorum is quite common and the mat didn't need to be dirty at all; it was the wrestling opponent who passed HSV on; likely from simple oral herpes which, like other herpesviruses, can be intermittently contagious with or without symptoms. [ 91 more words. ]

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11/12/2015

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There is no evidence supporting the paranoia... not that the paranoid ever required any evidence.
11/06/2015
Europe Concludes Syndromes Are Not Caused by HPV Vaccine

There is no evidence supporting the paranoia... not that the paranoid ever required any evidence.

The European Medicines Agency has concluded its safety review of the HPV vaccines, and says the evidence does not support causation of syndromes.

If you've got questions about the HPV vaccine, you should watch this.
08/26/2015
Video: Vaccines—Calling the Shots | Watch NOVA Online | PBS Video

If you've got questions about the HPV vaccine, you should watch this.

Examine the science behind vaccinations, the return of preventable diseases, and the risks of opting out. Watch online: Vaccines—Calling the Shots from NOVA. On demand, streaming video from PBS

Every human hosts herpesviruses; nearly every human ends up acquiring nearly all of them, eventually. It's perfectly nor...
06/21/2015
You Probably Have Herpes, so Stop Laughing About It

Every human hosts herpesviruses; nearly every human ends up acquiring nearly all of them, eventually. It's perfectly normal.

The heavy stigmatization of herpes only contributes to increases in disease transmission and hinders public health prevention efforts.

HPV Vaccine in Men Would Save Costs of Treating Throat Cancer http://projectaccept.org/?p=3518
04/15/2015
HPV Vaccine in Men Would Save Costs of Treating Throat Cancer - ProjectAccept.org

HPV Vaccine in Men Would Save Costs of Treating Throat Cancer http://projectaccept.org/?p=3518

US News & World Report: A new study shows that giving men Gardasil is cost-effective and prevents throat cancer. Controversy over the HPV vaccine has centered on its risks to girls and the idea that protecting them against cervical cancer could also lead them to experiment with sex at a younger age. But a new study underscores the effect of HPV on men, and points out that vaccinating men against the virus could prevent throat cancer as well. [ 97 more words. ]

Medical Misinformation: Doctors Make Assumptions – Media Turns Them Into Nonsene http://projectaccept.org/?p=3507
04/15/2015
Medical Misinformation: Doctors Make Assumptions - Media Turns Them Into Nonsene - ProjectAccept.org

Medical Misinformation: Doctors Make Assumptions – Media Turns Them Into Nonsene http://projectaccept.org/?p=3507

A recent article in the UK's Daily Mail includes an all-too-typical "herpes scare" shock headline: "How you could catch HERPES from a sunbed: STI can thrive in tanning booths despite the heat, expert warns" No doubt that will bring many clicks and page views (which is really all the media is really interested in) but it is rather sensationalist and ignores the bulk of the body of scientific research. [ 1566 more words. ]

New Thinking About Herpes Vaccine Design
03/13/2015
New Thinking About Herpes Vaccine Design - ProjectAccept.org

New Thinking About Herpes Vaccine Design

A new way of thinking challenges standard notions about what a herpes vaccine should look like. New thinking about vaccine design has helped researchers forge ahead in developing a potential vaccine. Herpes simplex virus infections are an enormous global health problem and there is currently no viable vaccine. For nearly three decades, immunologists’ efforts to develop a herpes vaccine have centered on exploiting a single protein found on the virus’s outer surface that is known to elicit robust production of antibodies. [ 1106 more words. ]

moving on in life http://projectaccept.org/?p=3459
02/02/2015
moving on in life - ProjectAccept.org

moving on in life http://projectaccept.org/?p=3459

Hello, folks. My experience with HSV started 2 years ago, but I don't let something I have dealt with for a while control my life. Glad I'm not only one. I have say, it's not easy telling my secret, but I have had enough of fake smiles to my face and talk behind my back. Herpes has such a stupid stigma. [ 132 more words. ]

Dear Ellen DeGeneres… http://projectaccept.org/?p=2696
12/14/2014
Dear Ellen DeGeneres... - ProjectAccept.org

Dear Ellen DeGeneres… http://projectaccept.org/?p=2696

Dear Ellen, I’ve been pondering writing you for quite some time now. I’m the kind of person who struggles to ask for help so please bear with me as I get through this letter. My name is Christine Seyk and I am ProjectAccept’s Runner Girl. I started an awareness campaign earlier this year to help raise awareness for HSV (herpes simplex virus) and HPV (human papillomavirus). [ 502 more words. ]

Response to a Herpes Blog Post on a Christian Site http://projectaccept.org/?p=2244
11/24/2014
Response to a Herpes Blog Post on a Christian Site - ProjectAccept.org

Response to a Herpes Blog Post on a Christian Site http://projectaccept.org/?p=2244

In response to: My reply Hi Kevin- I was just notified of your blog regarding herpes. I'd like to clarify a few things for you: As of February, 2012, 9 human herpesviruses have been classified by the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV) Most of human herpesviruses including the Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV), reach around 90% in worldwide human lifetime prevalence. [ 1335 more words. ]

New Herpes Cure Claim: Even Some TV Stations Fell For It http://projectaccept.org/?p=2215
11/15/2014
New Herpes Cure Claim: Even Some TV Stations Fell For It - ProjectAccept.org

New Herpes Cure Claim: Even Some TV Stations Fell For It http://projectaccept.org/?p=2215

The Internet is full of Herpes cure claims. They post ads , web pages, fake review sites, YouTube videos and a constant stream of press releases. Unfortunately, every now and then, even a few TV stations and newspapers forget to check their facts and end up publishing this garbage. Enter "Dr. Christine Buehler", her mentor "Dr. Languin" and their "Erase Herpes" book. [ 1265 more words. ]

"The danger is entirely different than the fear." - Chris Hadfield
11/05/2014
What I learned from going blind in space

"The danger is entirely different than the fear." - Chris Hadfield

There's an astronaut saying: In space, “there is no problem so bad that you can’t make it worse.” So how do you deal with the complexity, the sheer pressure, of dealing with dangerous and scary situations? Retired colonel Chris Hadfield paints a vivid portrait of how to be prepared for the worst in…

Cinderella and her storybook ending… http://projectaccept.org/?p=2205
10/25/2014
Cinderella and her storybook ending... - ProjectAccept.org

Cinderella and her storybook ending… http://projectaccept.org/?p=2205

In 1994, I met Prince Charming at my college campus. He was funny, suave and downright irrisistable. Our courtship of two years later lead to a wedding and a couple of years later, the birth of my very own child. Before she was born, I had many wishes and dreams of what my child would do, who he/she could become and how much love I have to give her. [ 456 more words. ]

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