Asymptomatic Shedding of Herpes Simplex Virus 1 and 2: Implications for Prevention of Transmission

Mertz, Gregory J.
October 2008
Journal of Infectious Diseases;10/15/2008, Vol. 198 Issue 8, p1098
Academic Journal
The author reflects on clinical studies showing bias results about the history of sexual transmission of herpes simplex virus during asymptomatic shedding. He questions the impossible estimation of transmission's risk during periods of asymptomatic shedding. He comments on the lack of data available about the effectiveness of condom use in symptomatic episodes as well as any preliminary reports that would suggest that antiviral therapy might not reduce the frequency of asymptomatic shedding.


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