Herpes has been around since before the human line split from the chimpanzee line.

ScienceDaily.com

"humans must have acquired HSV-2 from an ancestor of modern chimpanzees about 1.6 million years ago, prior to the rise of modern humans roughly 200,000 years ago."

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That's too funny!

The perfect snarky comeback, here!

The things you inherit from the family!

Im a lay person, but does this mean that you don't have to get Herpes threw sexual transmission? the gene is already in us waiting to awaken? I have seen children with cold sores, I know they are not sexually active. Im really just inquiring into what you may think

Some herpes types are sexually transmitted and some are via casual contact. They ate all infectious. Its just that we have been infecting each other since before humans were human.

And its never a good idea to kiss a chimpanzee.

I worked for an ophthalmologist 1961- 63; several of his patients had herpes simplex keratitis. The patients described great pain and experienced lost vision. There were experimental drugs coming out then and nothing worked. The patients often came into the office daily for follow-up observation and one becomes very attached to them as the struggle to find solutions occurred.  Here is a photo I found on the internet that shows an infected eye. I don't know if this was the Rx in 1963, but the eyes had a similar appearance:  The Unfavorable Effect of Topical Steroid Therapy on Herpetic Kerat...

The herpes infections are so miserable and difficult to control.

"There is currently no cure of herpes periodic blisters on the genitals, rectum or mouth, and it can only be managed by antiviral medications which help shorten outbreak periods." 

I have herpes simplex labialis, the common cold sore. My father had a lifetime of them as well. I don't know if it is inherited, or caused by exposure but sunlight definitely triggers an episode. In any event, it is not a fun infection. I always use Zilactin Cold Sore Gel, HerceptinL 30 Lip Balm or Lysimax Cold Sore Relief before going into the garden. I often experience the tingle of an attack, however, I have not had a really bad outbreak for months. I wonder if the Herceptin cancer treatment helped with my herpes? 

"Treatment with an indifferent cream (zinc oxide or zinc sulfate), an anesthetic cream, or an antiviral cream has a small favourable effect on the duration of symptoms, if applied promptly. This is also the case with oral antiviral medication. If antiviral medicine (cream or oral) is started before exposure to the triggering factor (sunlight), it will provide some protection."

Treatment and prevention of herpes labialis

I hate to even contemplate 1.6 million years of chimps and then humans having the herpes infections without remedy!

I have herpes simplex - I think my mother infected me during pregnancy. The rest of the family didn't have it. I can control it more or less, if I manage to keep out of stress, sleep well and eat healthy it can take a year before I have another outbreak.

How are you doing with all the challenges you face, the stressors, and herpes? I hope you have been able to pace yourself so as to avoid an outbreak! 

Only two outbreaks so far this year, so I'm doing very well ;-)

Your life should be quieting down soon, hopefully. Then that month or two rest!  

I've been trying to find an article I read recently about another disease that affects humans, now, but has a history far pre-dating human evolution.  Finally found it.

nature.com  Lyme bacterium's possible ancestor found in ancient tick.  "The spirochete-carrying tick — a juvenile — turned up in a 15-million- to 20-million-year-old piece of amber, along with three other young ticks that did not reveal any spirochetes."    The article also notes, "The oldest evidence of Lyme disease dates back 5,300 years, to an ice mummy discovered to contain ...(Lyme Disease) genetic material...he ticks — and their spirochetes — were probably waiting “As long as humans have been around...

So it looks like at least some of our  diseases were around eons before humans existed.  I expect they will be around when we are gone.  It's interesting that the Lyme disease has host in mammals and insects, and it's insects that spread the disease among animals.   It makes sense, because in modern times the disease is transferred from deer to tick to human.  So it's an adaptable microorganism.

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