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Genital Herpes: Virus Discussed in 8th Grade Homework; The CBCD Reviews a Report

A controversial homework assignment in an 8th grade language arts class discussed a herpes infection among teens. (1)

HSV-2 can increase the risk of catching and spreading HIV, the disease that causes Aids.
— World Health Organization (WHO)
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“Infected with the herpes virus (HSV-1 or HSV-2)? The CBCD recommends taking Gene-Eden-VIR or Novirin.” - Greg Bennett, CBCD

Teens in 8th grade were given a controversial homework assignment that asked them to “consider how they would react if they ‘had a one-night stand’ and ‘contracted herpes’ and were forced to spend the rest of their lives never knowing ‘when an outbreak will occur,’ according to a report in the Washington Post. (1) Some parents considered the assignment to be controversial because they felt that it was not age-appropriate.

The Center for the Biology of Chronic Disease (CBCD) understands both sides. On the one hand, as teens become sexually active, issues such as genital herpes infections become relevant. This is because, as the World Health Organization (WHO) says, “417 million people in the 17- 49 age range … have … HSV-2, which causes genital herpes.” (2) The WHO goes on to note that “HSV-2 can increase the risk of catching and spreading HIV, the disease that causes Aids. Little is known about any link between HSV-1 and HIV/Aids, although it can lead to other serious complications such as encephalitis.” (2) On the other hand, the CBCD sympathizes with parents who try to protect the innocense of their children.

The Center for the Biology of Chronic Disease (CBCD) recommends that anyone diagnosed with a herpes infection take Gene-Eden-VIR or Novirin. The formula of these natural antiviral products was shown to reduce HSV symptoms in two separate post-marketing clinical studies that followed FDA guidelines. Additionally, it was designed to help the immune system target the latent form of the virus.

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The formula of Gene-Eden-VIR and Novirin was tested by Hanan Polansky and Edan Itzkovitz from the CBCD. The studies showed that the Gene-Eden-VIR and Novirin formula is effective against the family of herpes viruses, including HSV-1 and HSV-2. The clinical studies were published in the peer reviewed, medical journal Pharmacology & Pharmacy, the first, in a special edition on Advances in Antiviral Drugs. Study authors wrote that, “individuals infected with (HSV-1 or HSV-2)…reported a safe decrease in their symptoms following treatment with Gene-Eden-VIR.” (3) The study authors also wrote that, “We observed a statistically significant decrease in the severity, duration, and frequency of symptoms.” (3)

Both products can be ordered online on the Gene-Eden-VIR and Novirin websites, here:


Gene-Eden-VIR and Novirin are natural antiviral dietary supplements. Their formula contains five natural ingredients: Selenium, Camellia Sinensis Extract, Quercetin, Cinnamomum Extract, and Licorice Extract. The first ingredient is a trace element, and the other four are plant extracts. Each ingredient and its dose was chosen through a scientific approach. Scientists at polyDNA, the company that invented and patented the formula, scanned thousands of scientific and medical papers published in various medical and scientific journals, and identified the safest and most effective natural ingredients against latent viruses. To date, Gene-Eden-VIR and Novirin are the only natural antiviral products on the market with published clinical studies that support their claims.

Note: Novirin shares the same formula as Gene-Eden-VIR. The difference between the two is that Novirin has higher quality and more expensive ingredients.

The CDC notes that “genital herpes sores usually appear as one or more blisters on or around the genitals, rectum or mouth. The blisters break and leave painful sores that may take weeks to heal. These symptoms are sometimes called “having an outbreak.” The first time someone has an outbreak they may also have flu-like symptoms such as fever, body aches, or swollen glands. Repeat outbreaks of genital herpes are common, especially during the first year after infection. Repeat outbreaks are usually shorter and less severe than the first outbreak.” (4)

It is important to note that WebMD says that “People who have symptoms average 5 outbreaks a year during the first few years. Most have fewer outbreaks after that. People report that certain things may trigger outbreaks, such as: emotional stress, fatigue, other infections, such as a cold or the flu, physical injury, such as irritation, of the genital area, new sex partners, menstruation … (and) … any condition that weakens the immune system.” (5)

What treatments are available for herpes infections?

“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.” (3) There are also the natural supplements Novirin and Gene-Eden-VIR, which have a formula that was designed to help the immune system target the herpes virus when it is in a latent form.

The CBCD reminds the public that Gene-Eden-VIR and Novirin are not a cure. However, two clinical studies, published in peer reviewed medical journals showed that their formula decreases symptoms in infected individuals. Specifically, the formula of Gene-Eden-VIR and Novirin was shown to safely and effectively reduce herpes symptoms. Additionally, it was designed to help the immune system target the latent virus.

“We recommend that individuals who are infected with a latent herpes virus, take Gene-Eden-VIR or Novirin.” – Greg Bennett, CBCD

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(1) Holley, P. "Parent furious eighth-grader’s homework had question about contracting herpes from ‘one night stand'" Published November 7, 2015. The Washington Post

(2) "Herpes affects two-thirds of people under 50, WHO says" Published October 28, 2015. -

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

(4) Genital Herpes - "CDC Fact Sheet." Page last updated: October 14, 2015 -

(5) - Genital Herpes Health Center - Genital Herpes - What Happens - Last Updated: November 14, 2014

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