Center for the Biology of Chronic Disease (CBCD)

Syphilis vs. Herpes Sores; The CBCD Reviews the Medical Literature

Syphilis is easy to get, and easy to miss, and sores are sometimes mistaken for genital herpes (HSV-2). The CBCD Explains the Difference.


Rochester, NY -- (ReleaseWire) -- 11/11/2014 --“Infected with the herpes virus? The CBCD recommends taking Novirin or Gene-Eden-VIR.” – Greg Bennett, CBCD

In the United States, two of the most common sexually transmitted diseases are genital herpes and syphilis. Both diseases cause genital ulcers. The American Association of Family Physicians says that genital ulcers “are sores usually found on the vagina or penis. They can also be found in the anus or on the skin around it. They sometimes hurt or leak fluid.” (1) However, there are usually clear differences between a sore caused by the herpes virus, and a sore caused by the syphilis bacteria. Dr. Valentin Drezaliu wrote that “syphilis (usually shows up in the beginning as) painless ulcers while (herpes) chancroids (sores) can be very painful. This is not always the case. Sometimes the infections can coexist. For syphilis blood work is the best way to rule out the disease.” (2) Dr. Drezaliu practices medicine in New York State and specializes in obstetrics and gynecology. “Syphilis can be diagnosed by a simple blood draw.” (3) According to The American Academy of Dermatology, “To confirm that a patient has herpes simplex, a dermatologist may take a swab from a sore and send this swab to a laboratory. When sores are not present, other medical tests, such as blood tests, can find the herpes simplex virus.” (4) The Center for the Biology of Chronic Disease (CBCD) recommends that individuals with a confirmed herpes infection take Novirin or Gene-Eden-VIR. The formula of these natural antivirals was shown to reduce herpes symptoms in two post-marketing clinical studies that followed FDA guidelines.

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The formula of Novirin and Gene-Eden-VIR was tested by Hanan Polansky and Edan Itzkovitz from the CBCD in two clinical studies that followed FDA guidelines. The studies showed that the Gene-Eden-VIR and Novirin formula is effective against the herpes simplex virus (HSV-1 and HSV-2), and other viruses. 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 the HSV … reported a safe decrease in their symptoms following treatment with Gene-Eden-VIR.” (5) The study authors also wrote that, “we observed a statistically significant decrease in the severity, duration, and frequency of symptoms.” (5)

Both products can be ordered online on the Novirin and Gene-Eden-VIR websites.

Novirin and Gene-Eden-VIR are natural antiviral dietary supplements. Their formula contains five natural ingredients: Selenium, Camellia Sinesis 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, Novirin and Gene-Eden-VIR are the only natural antiviral products on the market with published clinical studies that support their claims.

The CDC notes that “In the United States, most young, sexually active patients who have genital, anal, or perianal ulcers (ulcers situated in or affecting the area around the anus) have either genital herpes or syphilis. The frequency of each condition differs by geographic area and population; however, genital herpes is the most prevalent of these diseases.” (6)

Additionally, “all patients who have genital, anal, or perianal ulcers should be evaluated with a serologic test for syphilis and a diagnostic evaluation for genital herpes.” (6)

How is syphilis treated?

“Syphilis is a serious disease if left undiagnosed, but is completely curable. It is easy to treat if you are HIV-negative, and if you've had the infection for less than a year. If you are HIV-negative, early stages of syphilis (primary, secondary, and early latent) are treated with a single dose (two shots in the butt) of Bicillin L-A, a specific type of penicillin. There are no home remedies or over-the-counter drugs that cure syphilis. Follow up testing at 6 and 12 months with a clinician is required to ensure treatment success.” (3)

What treatments are available for a herpes infection?

“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.” (5)

“The CBCD recommends seeing a doctor immediately if sores develop on the genitals, even if they are not painful. In addition, individuals infected with the herpes virus (HSV) should take Novirin or Gene-Eden-VIR to help their immune system target the virus’s latent form.” – Greg Bennett, CBCD

Click to read more about Novirin and the herpes virus, or Gene-Eden-VIR and the herpes virus.


(1) American Family Physician – Genital Ulcers: What Causes Them? 2012 Feb 1;85(3):269.

(2) – How to Tell the Difference Between Chancroid and Syphilis

(3) – Syphilis

(4) – American Academy of Dermatology – Herpes simplex: Diagnosis, treatment, and outcome.

(5) Polansky H, Itzkovitz E. Gene-Eden-VIR Is Antiviral: Results of a Post Marketing Clinical Study. Pharmacology & Pharmacy, 2013, 4, 1-8

(6) – 2010 STD Treatment Guidelines – Diseases Characterized by Genital, Anal, or Perianal Ulcers