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April 22, 2003
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Cal State Dominguez Hills Student Health Center Joins UCLA Center for Vaccine Research in Herpes Prevention Research Study

Cal State Women Student-Volunteers Sought

Carson, Calif - California State University, Dominguez Hills is participating with the UCLA Center for Vaccine Research at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and Cal State University, Long Beach in an important national research study to evaluate the effectiveness of a vaccine to prevent genital herpes in women. Currently, there is no vaccine to protect against the spread of this sexually transmitted disease, which annually affects more than 500,000 new people. There is no cure.

The study, which is sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), follows two earlier clinical trails of the vaccine involving more than 7,400 men, women, teens, and adults. In those studies, the vaccine proved to be effective in nearly three quarters of women who had no prior evidence of the viruses (HSV-1 or HSV-2) that cause herpes outbreaks, according to NIH.

This new study will focus specifically on women 18 - 30 years of age who are sexually active and have not contracted the viruses. Nationwide, more than 7,500 women will participate at 17 sites. Cal State Dominguez Hills and Cal State Long Beach are designated study sites, along with the UCLA Center for Vaccine Research, which directs the overall program in Southern California. Financial compensation is available to participants at $30 for the first visit and $40 for each subsequent visit.

"Genital herpes is one of the most prevalent sexually transmitted diseases on our college campuses," said Irina Gaal, M.D., chief of medical services at Cal State Dominguez Hills. "This is an opportunity for our students to learn much more about the disease and the ways we currently have to avoid infection, as well as to help researchers determine the effectiveness of a vaccine and perhaps ultimately eradicate genital herpes as a threat."

Female students at CSU Dominguez Hills who want to participate or would like more information are encouraged to call the CSUDH Student Health Center at (310) 243-3547. Additional information about genital herp es and this study can also be found on the web at

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