IamA former herpes sufferer who took part in a clinical trial for a vaccine that works!
Hello, my name is Rich Mancuso and I have been a sufferer from HSV2 for most of my life. For many people on this planet, having herpes may not be a big deal but for people like myself, who suffer extreme cases of pain and constant discomfort, this disease is a constant burden. Whether it is physical pain inside my body or outside my body, herpes has affected my life in a very negative way. Daily activities such as walking, sitting, digesting food or even the simple idea of sleeping, was a constant nuisance.
Many people who have HSV1 or HSV2 do not know they have it - some get outbreaks infrequently and some get them all the time. Unfortunately the only option for people is anti-viral drugs. As someone who has taken these as a treatment, the side-effects and costs can be a burden. Many times I had to stop taking due to liver problems and these were the times I hated because no matter what I did - changing my diet, staying out of the sun or finding ways to relieve stress - I would still get outbreaks. It's important to know that 4 billon people have one or both forms of hsv and 100 million suffer in the worst possible way. This is not an epidemic, this is a pandemic.
This was until I met Dr. Bill Halford and his team through a mutual friend. After being asked to join the trial, reading numerous papers and blogs to solve my skepticism about a potential vaccine, I jumped at the chance to try anything. Those of us long time sufferers have spent so much money and time trying to find ways to make this "thing" go away. We tend to fail 100% of the time, but always willing to try anything new on the market, most of what are dubbed as snake oils. I agreed to join the trial.
The clinical trial was unlike any other I could have imagined. While a typical trial is in a white cold hospital room, located in a hidden away lab that smells of rubbing alcohol and pine cleaner, this trial was on a tropical island, in the most beautiful setting possible. Quite frankly It was more of a vacation than a trial. I joked with the team of the idea, I would wake up the next morning in a bathtub full of ice, missing a kidney because it seems all to good to be true. But it was true.
The trial consisted of three shots over the course of three months, and after the third shot on July 7, I noticed a significant change in my outbreaks. They disappeared. This fog that I have felt for most of my life seemed to be clearing. I was no longer in pain. No more problems walking or sitting. No more strict dietary needs of staying away from trigger foods like peanut butter, chocolate or alcohol. My digestive and acid reflux has cleared up. I don't have to worry about getting too much sun or even the worry of any stress causing me issues or outbreaks. I am the healthiest I have ever been right now and I couldn't be happier. This vaccine gave me my life back and gave me my health back.
Please view my brief interview with the CEO of Rational Vaccines on Ch2 CBS News http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2017/01/06/herpes-vaccine/
Please sign this petition (you can do so without fear of your friends/family seeing if you fear the stigma) to help Bill Halford have some time to speak to Congress about the importance of bringing this technology to the US:
ASK ME ANYTHING. I will do my best to answer :)
Proof that I am the man in the CBS interview http://imgur.com/a/s29Ru