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Genitourin Med. 1993 Oct;69(5):381-3.

The epidemiology of herpes simplex types 1 and 2 infection of the genital tract in Edinburgh 1978-1991.

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Department of Genitourinary Medicine, Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, UK.

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

The changing epidemiology of genital herpes in Edinburgh is described in relation to herpes simplex virus (HSV) Type 1 and herpes simplex virus Type 2 infection over a period of 14 years.

METHODS:

2018 episodes of genital herpes in 1794 patients over a 14 year period were assessed. Data on age, sex, sexual orientation, geographical origin and herpes antibodies were also analysed.

RESULTS:

The proportion of cases that were HSV Type 1 increased over the period from approximately 20% to over 40%. Type 1 infection is more common in the young, in women and as a primary infection.

CONCLUSIONS:

HSV Type 1 is of increasing importance as a cause of genital herpes in our population. This may reflect changes in sexual attitudes and practises over the past decade.

PMID:
8244358
PMCID:
PMC1195123
DOI:
10.1136/sti.69.5.381
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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