Study Tests Potential Herpes Vaccine

June 22, 2004

A study now underway at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) aims to determine if an experimental vaccine is safe and effective in preventing genital herpes in young women.

The study marks the final phase of testing for the candidate vaccine called HERPEVAC developed by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK).

"If proven effective, it will be the first vaccine for a sexually transmitted disease," says Edward Hook, MD, professor of medicine at UAB.

Nationally, 26 sites are participating in the study directed by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and GSK. In total, sites will enroll 7,500 women between the ages of 18 and 30 who do not have oral or genital herpes. UAB will enroll 500 volunteers.

Source: University of Alabama at Birmingham

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