Australian researchers pave way for new herpes vaccine

Researchers with the University of Sydney in Australia say the results of recent research could help them to develop a vaccine for the herpes simplex virus.

The results, which were recently published in the Journal of Immunology, showed how skin cells are affected by the virus, which is related to the transmission of human immunodeficiency virus, reports.

Cheryl Jones, head researcher and associate professor at the University of Sydney, said herpes simplex virus is a significant disease that can cause great devastation in those who suffer from it.

“Potentially, we may be on the right track for a new discovery,” Jones told “The skin represents a major entry point; therefore understanding how immune cells behave during the infection is of vital importance to researchers trying to find a cure for HSV.”

The research was conducted on mice. Results indicated that herpes simplex virus can infect and kill Langerhans cells. These are the immune cell in the top layer of the skin, which should exit the skin to the lymph nodes to trigger a stronger immune response to infection, according to the report.

“HSV infection of the skin and genital mucosa are important for the promotion and transmission of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS,” Jones told