Jan. 24th, 2009

joreth: (Silent Bob Headbang)

Although HPV is really my pet virus-research project, and I don't know the details of HSV nearly as well, I still come across news pertaining to the other STDs in my searches.  Today, I found word of a topical vaginal cream that prevents HSV transmission for up to one week after application in studies done on mice.

This is very exciting and very hopeful news.  It still needs to undergo human testing, and there is some concern that it will not be helpful at all (and possibly harmful) to pregnant women, but c'mon, a cream that women can put on up to a week before intercourse that prevents Herpes?!?  How cool is that?

And there is some possibility that it might help prevent HIV too! 

Yay science!  Now for the next stage in testing ... here's hoping it lives up to its potential!  Can you imagine a world where this cream works, it prevents HSV and HIV, and the carrageenan or SPL7013 works against HPV?  We are actually on the road to eradicating sexually transmitted infections, although it's still a long journey ahead.


joreth: (Default)

There have been several different social events suggested recently, and I'd like to try and get some of them organized.  So, here's what I see coming up:

Rebounderz Planet Jump - Indoor Trampoline Gym.  Although weekends are the most popular amongst my friends, Friday Night offers a "trick class" from 6:00 - 7:30 and I think that sounds like great fun!  I'd like to try and plan it for Friday the 13th or Friday March 6th.  If Friday nights are not going to work for anyone, the weekend of March 6th should be OK too.  RSVP here: http://www.evite.com/app/publicUrl/VSYLRMKIOLBZBJHFCMQJ/trampoline

Ballroom Dancing - On Valentine's Day, there is a Singles Dance which starts at 7:30 PM with a Group Lesson, then the dance floor opens up from 8 PM to 11:30 PM.  Admission is $12 and includes a drink.  RSVP here:  http://www.evite.com/app/publicUrl/VMENRZZPXJTDXIWPEHLC/ballroom

Swing Dancing - March 14th and 28th offers Swing Dancing that begins with a Beginner Lesson from 8 to 9 PM and admission is $7 (although I am possibly working on this date, but I'm trying to keep it free and even if I am working, it's possible I'll get out of work in time).  RSVP here:  http://www.evite.com/app/publicUrl/OSXKMNBNSNGOIGLQSNZS/swingdance

Roller Skating - Wednesday Night is Budget Night - $3 admission, $1 skate rentals and a special $1 snack bar, from 7 PM to 9 PM with .  I'm thinking Wednesday, February 11th.  RSVP here:  http://www.evite.com/app/publicUrl/CPVOVWHASJXXDUIZSYNA/rollerskates

So, anyone interested?  Please visit the respective E-vite links to RSVP and vote on your preferred day.  Please also feel free to forward this to any Significant Others for whom I do not have email addresses if they want to RSVP independently.  All SOs are invited.


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