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  1. U.S. Teens More Vulnerable to Genital Herpes: Study

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Oct. 17 (HealthDay News) -- Today's teens may be at higher risk than ever of contracting genital herpes because they don't have enough immune system antibodies to shield them against the sexually transmitted virus, a new study suggests. This increase i

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  2. Discovery May One Day Lead to Herpes Vaccine

    By Brenda Goodman HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, May 8 (HealthDay News) -- A specialized kind of immune cell that patrols the skin of people infected with the herpes virus appears to prevent the outbreak of painful sores, a new study suggests. Researchers think the cells may be key to developing a po

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  3. Herpes Drugs Don't Stop Herpes Shedding

    Jan. 5, 2012 -- People with genital herpes can still infect their sex partners -- even if they are taking anti-herpes drugs that prevent herpes outbreaks. Even when they don't have an active herpes outbreak, people who carry genital herpes viruses are at risk of infecting their sex partners. With th

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  4. Genital Herpes' Silent Spread

    April 12, 2011 -- Even if they don't show any sign of infection, people carrying the genital herpes virus can infect a sex partner 10% of the time. The finding comes from a large study that collected daily genital swabs from nearly 500 people infected with herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2), the ge

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  5. CDC: Genital Herpes Rates Still High

    March 9, 2010 -- One in six Americans between the ages of 14 and 49 have genital herpes and close to one in two black women are infected, new figures from the CDC reveal. Rates of infection with herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2) -- the sexually transmitted virus that causes most genital herpes --

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  6. Condoms Help Cut Risk of Genital Herpes

    July 13, 2009 -- Condom use reduces, but does not eliminate, the risk of contracting genital herpes, according to a new review of research. Researchers found consistent condom users have about a 30% lower risk of contracting genital herpes than those who never used condoms. While earlier studies hav

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  7. Vaginal Treatment May Prevent Herpes

    Jan. 21, 2009 -- Small anti-herpes RNA molecules applied to the vagina protect mice against new herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2) infections for one week. The preventive treatment uses small interfering RNA (siRNA) molecules. These tiny bits of genetic material are designed to switch off specific

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  8. Herpes Often Unknowingly Spread

    Oct. 30, 2008 (Washington D.C.) -- Young women who don't know they have the virus that causes genital herpes could be unknowingly fueling the herpes epidemic, new research suggests. Although they have no symptoms of the disease and have not been tested, many women are actively shedding the virus in

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  9. Half a Billion Have Genital Herpes Virus

    Oct. 1, 2008 -- More than half a billion people are infected with the herpes simplex virus type 2, the virus that causes most cases of genital herpes, and nearly 24 million new cases happen per year. That's according to the first global estimate of the prevalence (total number of cases) and incidenc

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  10. Genital Herpes: Stigma Still Strong

    Aug. 24, 2007 -- Genital herpes is common but it still carries a big social stigma, an online poll shows. The poll included 503 U.S. adults with genital herpes and about 1,400 other adults who said they didn't have genital herpes. Participants answered questions about their relationships and views o

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