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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. Herpes Virus Linked to Cervical Cancer

      Nov. 5, 2002 -- Genital herpes increases the risk of cervical cancer -- which kills thousands of women every year -- by acting as an "accomplice" to another common virus that commonly causes this cancer. Herpes simplex virus-2, the cause of genital herpes, was detected in nearly half of women with i

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    4. Mother-to-Infant Herpes Transmission

      Jan. 7, 2003 -- Women infected with herpes can reduce the risk of passing the virus on to their children by having a cesarean section and taking other safety precautions during pregnancy and delivery, according to a new study. Researchers say it's the first real proof that delivering a baby via cesa

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    5. FDA OKs 1-Day Treatment for Herpes

      Aug. 2, 2006 -- The FDA has approved the drug Famvir as the first and only one-day antiviral treatment for recurrent genital herpes genital herpes and cold sores cold sores in people with healthy immune systems. The drug's maker, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp., announced the FDA approval in a news r

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    6. Herpes and Oral Sex: Women’s Risks

      Mar. 1, 2005 -- Vaginal intercourse and receiving oral sex can raise a woman's risk of infection from herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1). That's the type of herpes that's most commonly known to cause infections of the mouth and lips, often called fever blisters or cold sores. HSV-1 and another herp

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    7. Rare Circumcision Ritual Carries Herpes Risk

      Aug. 2, 2004 -- A rare Jewish circumcision practice may put young infants at risk for genital herpes with potentially severe complications, according to a new study. Researchers in Israel have documented eight cases in which male infants became infected with the herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) a

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    8. Chamomile Oil May Counter Herpes Virus

      Oct. 2, 2006 -- The herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1), which causes cold sores and can cause genital herpes, may have met its match in chamomile oil. Scientists in Germany pitted chamomile oil, anise oil, dwarf-pine oil, manuka oil, and lemon oil against HSV-1 in test tubes. Manuka comes from the

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    9. Drug May Curb Herpes Virus Shedding

      Sept. 28, 2006 --The antiviral drug Famvir may curb the shedding of the herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2) in some -- but not all -- genital herpes patients, a new study shows. The study was presented today in San Francisco, at the American Society for Microbiology's 46th Annual Interscience Confer

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    10. Genital Herpes Virus Rate Drops

      Aug. 22, 2006 -- Infections with the genital herpes virus are down in the U.S., reversing an upward trend. It doesn't mean genital herpes isn't a problem. About one in six Americans (17%) had the genital herpes virus -- called HSV-2 -- during 1999-2004. But that is down from the 21% rate seen in 198

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