In all cases HSV is never removed from the body by the immune system. Following a primary infection, the virus enters the nerves at the site of primary infection, migrates to the cell body of the neuron, and becomes latent in the ganglion. The virus goes to the nuclei of the cells and tries to reproduce itself, or replicate.
As a result of primary infection, the body produces antibodies to the particular type of HSV involved, preventing a subsequent infection of that type at a different site.
Many people infected with HSV-2 display no physical symptoms—individuals with no symptoms are described as asymptomatic or as having subclinical herpes.
Where is herpes present
The cell body of the neuron, what is that ?
ANSWER: Neurons connect to each other to form networks. Neurons are the core components of the nervous system, which includes the brain, spinal cord, and peripheral ganglia.
Neurons communicate with one another via synapses, where the axon terminal or en passant boutons (terminals located along the length of the axon) of one cell impinges upon another neuron’s dendrite, soma or, less commonly, axon.
Neurons such as Purkinje cells in the cerebellum can have over 1000 dendritic branches, making connections with tens of thousands of other cells.
The cell body of the Neuron and other cells are infected by the neurons connecting to thousands of other cells that connect to thousands of other cells that connect to thousands of other cells. This is why it’s hard to cure Herpes. It moves fast, and then it lies dormant.
How do we fix/restore infected cells?
The immune system is the body’s way of defending itself against bacteria and other ‘foreign’ substances. The fundamental protective actions involve neutrophils, macrophages, killer cells, and T and B cells.