Herpes Simplex Virus

USPSTF releases statement on genital herpes screening

USPSTF releases statement on genital herpes screening

A Grade D recommendation discourages routine screening in asymptomatic adolescents and adults.

Tenofovir gel reduces risk for genital herpes simplex

Tenofovir gel reduces risk for genital herpes simplex

Pericoital application of tenofovir gel, previously studied for HIV, linked to reduced risk of herpes infection.

Valacyclovir reduces HIV levels regardless of herpes infection

Valacyclovir reduces HIV levels regardless of herpes infection

Valacyclovir reduced HIV-1 levels in patients who did not have the herpes simplex virus 2.

Lysine for treating herpes simplex virus

Lysine for treating herpes simplex virus

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Despite a less-than-robust efficacy profile, lysine supplementation is a safe and inexpensive remedy to try in patients with recurrent HSV outbreaks.

HIV, HSV-2 coinfection linked to increase in HIV prevalence

HIV, HSV-2 coinfection linked to increase in HIV prevalence

There were marked increases in the prevalence of HIV from 7% to 13% for nearly all demographic subgroups in two cohorts of noninjection drug users.

HIV prophylaxis may also protect against herpes

HIV prophylaxis may also protect against herpes

Oral tenofovir-based prophylaxis for HIV also reduced herpes simplex virus-2 transmission.

Novel herpes drug reduces viral shedding

Novel herpes drug reduces viral shedding

Dose-dependent reduction seen in rate of genital HSV shedding and days with lesions.

Breakthrough herpes episodes occur even with high-dose antivirals

Breakthrough herpes episodes occur even with high-dose antivirals

Herpes simplex virus reactivation likely accounts for disease transmission during therapy, prompting researchers to call for new treatments to successfully control and prevent onward HSV transmission.

Herpes vaccine fails to protect against HSV-2

Herpes vaccine fails to protect against HSV-2

A once-promising investigational vaccine against herpes viruses showed only 20% efficacy against herpes genital disease in a large clinical trial designed to mimic the general population of uninfected women.

Topical therapy for recurrent herpes simplex labialis

Topical therapy for recurrent herpes simplex labialis

Xerese is indicated for the early treatment of recurrent herpes labialis, to reduce the likelihood of ulcerative cold sores and to shorten the lesion-healing time in adults and adolescents.

Risk for herpes transmission high from asymptomatic patients

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People with herpes simplex virus type 2 that do not experience clinical signs and symptoms still shed the virus.

The life span of mononucleosis

Can a person have mononucleosis more than once?

Blisters on the lip and in the mouth

Blisters on the lip and in the mouth

A 35-year-old white woman presented with grouped vesicles and superficial crusting on both lips and grouped erosions on the gingiva and hard palate.

Vesicle on the lip after intense sun exposure

Vesicle on the lip after intense sun exposure

A man presents with a six-month history of oral lesions that led to blistering and ulceration following intense sun exposure.

Urinary tract symptoms and genital herpes

Consider genital herpes in the differential diagnosis of chronic dysuria.

Chronic suppressive antiviral therapy for herpes labialis

What information do you have on resistance rates among antivirals for herpes simplex virus?

A guide to recognizing and treating herpes

Which diagnostic test do you choose? Which treatment? What can you tell patients about recurrence? A dermatologist has the answers.

Target lesions in a patient with acne

Target lesions in a patient with acne

Numerous red target lesions develop on the extremities of a young woman being treated for acne.

Similar-appearing vesicles

Two women, the first bedridden with high fever and the second otherwise healthy, present with a vesicular rash.

CDC: Older patients need shingles shot

The herpes zoster (shingles) vaccination is now recommended for people older than 60 years...

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