Hi Im pretty new to this forum there is such a vast amount of information so apologies if this is covered elsewhere. I had chickenpox as an adult so I would like to find out if antivirals could help reduce my ME symptoms. I can see that people elsewhere in the world do seem to be getting tests and prescribed antivirals. i feel like it really isnt worth even mentioning this to my GP as they wouldnt be allowed to test/prescribe - Ive read what MEA purple book says about antivirals not having NICE approval for ME. This has sent me down the herbal route and I'm trying out olive leaf extract at the moment just based on reading up about it (yes I am aware it can reduce your BP -my BP is high so not an issue for me). It seems illogical that you can be prescribed antivirals in Australia, Canada etc and not in the UK. If these existing drugs help some people it must be within the realms of possibility for the UK to set a framework for the circumstances in which they could be prescribed for ME here. How much money could they be saving by doing that.............. I spotted in the MEA purble book that MEA have been exploring trying to get a trial over here. Amongst all the great work that is going on at the moment it would be good if this could happen - is there any chance that might go ahead?