Quick Links

Genital Herpes and Immune Memory

Genital Herpes and Immune Memory

The University of Washington is seeking volunteers for a genital herpes (HSV-2) study. The purpose of
this study is to learn more about the body’s immune response to genital herpes infections. This will be
done by looking at tissue collected from genital skin biopsies and cervical biopsies (women only). We
will also look at viral shedding (when the virus is present on the genital skin, sometimes even without

Participants will undergo a Screening Visit to see whether they are eligible. This visit will involve a blood test for HSV and HIV. The study may last for up to one year and involve 5 study visits. All visits will include genital biopsies and cervical biopsies (women only), and blood draws. If you are taking HSV suppressive therapy you will be asked to stop taking the medication during the study. However, you will be able to treat individual outbreaks.

Participant Eligibility

To be eligible for the study you must:
– Be 18 years of age or older
– Test positive for HSV-2 antibodies by a blood test

Conditions which would prevent you from participating in this study:
– HIV positive
– Currently pregnant or breastfeeding


Mark Drummond
(206) 520-4340

Additional Study Details

Full Study Title
Harnessing Tissue Resident Memory T Cells for Immunotherapy of Herpes Virus Infections

Study ID: STUDY00004709
Start Date: 04/23/2019
End Date: 05/31/2020

Christine Johnston, MD, MPH
Lawrence Corey, MD

Accepts Healthy Volunteers?

Study Site(s)

University of Washington Virology Research Clinic

908 Jefferson Street Suite 11NJ1166
Seattle, Washington 98104

, ,


Use the link below to send a message to the study coordinator, or call the number above to speak directly with a study representative.

I am interested in this research study.