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NSW: Scientists Announce Breakthrough on Herpes


Australian Associated Press (08/08/99)

Australian scientists have announced that the drug Valtrex has provided effective, long-term suppression of genital herpes. The antiviral drug is taken in a single daily dose. Valtrex has been shown to substantially reduce the number of genital herpes recurrences in patients. Herpes affects over 102 million people worldwide, and 500,000 cases have been diagnosed in Australia, according to Dr. Tony Simmons, chairman of the Australian Herpes Management Forum.


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