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J Am Coll Health. 2010;59(2):69-74. doi: 10.1080/07448481.2010.483711.

Herpes simplex virus infection in a university health population: clinical manifestations, epidemiology, and implications.

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University Health Services, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts 01003, USA. drrobertbob@gmail.com

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The authors described clinical presentations of oral and genital herpes simplex virus (HSV) infections in a university health population and implications of these findings.

PARTICIPANTS AND METHODS:

Using a standardized data collection tool, 215 records of patients with symptomatic culture-positive HSV infections were reviewed.

RESULTS:

HSV-1 accounted for 78% of female and 85% of male genital herpes (GH) infections, and oral herpes (OH) infections presented as an acute febrile illness (AFI) in 51% of those 18 to 24 years old. HSV-2 accounted for 68% of GH infections among adults 25 or older.

CONCLUSIONS:

As seroprevalence for both HSV-1 and HSV-2 in the United States is decreasing, a growing college age cohort is at risk for primary HSV-1 infection. The proportion of GH caused by HSV-1 also continues to increase. This understanding has implications for clinical care, sexual health programming, and counseling strategies.

PMID:
20864431
DOI:
10.1080/07448481.2010.483711
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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