Herpes Viruses Can Integrate into Human DNA

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People who have the herpes virus lurking in their genes have three times the risk of clogged blood vessels and chest pain.Webmd.com

Scientists have discovered that the herpes virus can integrate itself into the DNA of infected individuals. When it does this, it can cause a condition called angina.  One study author said “There’s no way to get rid of the genetic condition, because it is in a person’s DNA . As a preventive measure, subjects could be monitored more closely for the development of cardiovascular diseases.”

Angina is a condition that develops before conception “when an egg or sperm cell becomes infected with a strain of herpes virus … when that happens … subjects are born with a copy of the virus in every cell of their body.”

Study co-author Louis Flamand said that “the condition can develop before conception, when an egg or sperm cell becomes infected with a strain of herpes virus that causes the common childhood disease known as roseola.” When that happens, “subjects are born with a copy of the virus in every cell of their body.”

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WebMD notes that “Angina is estimated to strike more than 3 million people in the United States each year. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, the chest pain and discomfort of angina from blocked blood vessels is a symptom of heart disease. In some cases, angina appears before a heart attack.”

What types of antiviral treatments are available for people infected with a herpes virus?

“Two types of antiviral treatments against HSV are available: topical and oral. The treatments include penciclovir, acyclovir, famciclovir, and valaciclovir. However, their effectiveness is limited. For instance, a meta-analysis of five placebo-controlled and two dose comparison studies evaluated the effect of aciclovir, famciclovir or valaciclovir on symptoms. The meta-analysis showed that oral antiviral therapy decreases the duration and the associated pain of an outbreak by merely one day.” There are also the natural supplements Gene-Eden-VIR and Novirin which have a formula that was designed to help the immune system target the herpes virus when it is in a latent form.

The bottom line?

It’s clear that various strains of the herpes virus can affect the body in a myriad of ways. Dr.  Flamand said researchers want to better understand how these viruses affect the body, and figure out if it affects less common conditions.


(1) Dotinga, R. “Herpes Virus Tied to Angina Risk, Study Suggests” Published on June 16, 2015 – Webmd.com

(2) Polansky, H. Itzkovitz, E. Gene-Eden-VIR Is Antiviral: Results of a Post Marketing Clinical Study. Published in September 2013.

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