Latest genital herpes Stories

2006-07-31 11:00:00

By Anne Harding NEW YORK -- Infections with the virus that causes genital herpes are common among teen girls, a new study shows. While none of the young women in the study had oral or genital herpes symptoms, some of those who tested positive for the virus were shedding it in their vaginal area, meaning it would be possible for them to transmit the infection to others, Dr. Kenneth H. Fife of the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis and colleagues report. "It was something...

2006-06-07 12:41:06

By Amy Norton NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Testing people for the genital herpes virus, and encouraging them to tell their partners the results, may help control the spread of the infection, new study findings suggest. It's estimated that at least 20 percent of U.S. teenagers and adults have been infected with one of the genital herpes viruses, usually the form known as herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2). Because the sexually transmitted infection often causes mild symptoms or none...

2006-04-05 11:53:35

By David Douglas NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Treatment with the antiviral drug valacyclovir, sold as Valtrex, curbs recurrent bouts of genital herpes in pregnant women, a study shows. Moreover, no safety concerns were identified in mothers, fetuses, or neonates exposed to the drug. Genital herpes is usually caused by herpes simplex virus type-2 (HSV-2). It's estimated that up to 25 percent of pregnant women have been exposed to the virus and about 20 percent of them have a...

2006-03-13 14:35:00

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The chances of a baby being born with herpes are increased when the father is younger than 20 or whose age is unknown, and when the mother is younger than 25, Seattle researchers report. However, they say, using parents' age to help target pregnancies for herpes testing would still miss a "substantial proportion" of newborn herpes cases. Most cases of neonatal herpes occur in infants born to women with no history of genital herpes, Dr. Karen E. Mark of the...

2005-11-14 18:24:37

By Amy Norton NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Consistent condom use can lower both women's and men's risk of contracting the virus that causes genital herpes, researchers reported Monday. The study, of more than 1,800 adults at high risk of genital herpes, found that those who said they usually used condoms were one-quarter less likely to test positive for herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2). HSV-2 causes most cases of genital herpes, a common sexually transmitted disease (STD) that...

2005-08-29 15:05:49

By Megan Rauscher NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Many labs in the US are using outdated blood tests for genital herpes that often give erroneous results, according to a new report. "Genital herpes is the most prevalent sexually transmitted disease in the United States affecting about a third of the adult population," Dr. Zane A. Brown commented to Reuters Health. The biggest concern with herpes is that it can be transmitted to newborn infants with devastating results. "Unfortunately,...

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