18 months….time for a change of scenery

Change ahead

For those of you who have followed the Herpes Vaccine Blog with some regularity, I want to let you know that I have changed my web address to https://liveherpesvaccine.com/

The first blog post was made on June 15, 2013 and as of January 4, 2015, the Herpesvaccine Blog had been visited over 173,000 times.  Thank you one and all for your support.

I want to sincerely thank the administrators at Science Blog for getting me started with this project.  It has been great for me, and perhaps has given a few people out there a bit more insight into (1) why past HSV-2 vaccine candidates have failed and (2) what we should do differently in the future if we hope to develop an effective HSV-2 vaccine and bring about the end of the ongoing HSV-2 genital herpes epidemic.

My decision to relocate the blog to a new website is in part due to a desire to have a blog site that is advertisement-free.  A second factor that recently came into play is that the herpesvaccine blog was rolled into Science Blog’s main website, and I feel that most people will be uncomfortable discussing their herpes issues in such a website that deals with dozens of scientific problems from earthquakes to neural networks.  For scientists, this is a great smorgasbord of knowledge.  For herpes sufferers, this is probably the last forum in the world where people would feel free to discuss their most intimate concerns.

So, as a result, I have created the “liveherpesvaccine.com” blog (https://liveherpesvaccine.com/) to serve the original purpose of the HerpesVaccine blog that was formerly hosted on Science Blog.com.

It is my continued hope that this blog will help remind vaccine industry leaders and herpes sufferers that we are the individuals responsible for choosing which HSV-2 vaccine approaches will, or will not, be explored in the future.  The past decade of HSV-2 vaccine research has been fraught with disappointments and failure as we have done little more than pursue the status quo.  I sincerely hope that we will collectively make better, and braver, choices in the next decade.

– Bill H.