With all the controversy surrounding the 2016 trials, I finally get to tell a little more of story about what really happened with Dr. Bill Halford and the vaccine. Even though there are assumptions from the media journalist who claims to have broken the story, which is not true, its still a great opportunity to get to the truth about what happened to me and several others who benefited from the vaccine.
Rich Mancuso is one of the 17 patients who participated in the highly controversial Theravax herpes vaccine trial in St. Kitts. Mancuso was in New York for media appearances promoting his new book, "Asking For A Friend." He kindly took the time to stop by our office and answer questions about his personal experiences with the vaccine, the company (Rational Vaccine) and its founder, Dr. Bill Halford.
This podcast episode features 49 year old Rich Mancuso who participated in a clinical trial to relieve his severe herpes symptoms. His book, 'Asking for a Friend', tells the story of surviving herpes and receiving a functional cure* from a vaccine.
Rich shares his experience contracting HSV-2 in his early 20's and how it was possibly mistaken for a yeast infection by a dissmissive doctor, then after some irritation on the butt cheek, it was confirmed to in fact be HSV-2 by a sarcastic doctor.
In this episode, I wanted to give Rich a safe space to share his story as well as promote his book without giving too much away. This episode runs long as we anticipated, but there are a lot of nuggets in here that are useful to not only the herpes community, but also to the non-herpes community. We discuss stress and its relation to herpes outbreaks, a different perception of suicide having more to do with loss of control than selfishness and shame and how it prevents us from testing new forms of treatment here in the US.
As CBS 2 news Dr. Max Gomez explained, the manufacturers said this could be close to a cure.
“It’s been two to three outbreaks a month for 20 plus years,” Richard Mancuso said.
Mancuso has been suffering with severe herpes flare ups ever since he was infected as a young man in his 20s. Like many sufferers, the painful blisters can actually breakout almost anywhere. He gets them around his eyes and mouth as well as the original area.
“You don’t just suffer at the area, your whole body suffers.