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Herpes Simplex Virus


Description

Herpes simplex virus (HSV) infections of the skin are caused by one of two viruses (HSV-1 or HSV-2). HSV may remain in nerve cells of the body for life, and can produce symptoms off and on in some infected people (post-herpetic neuralgia).



Genital herpes is an infection caused by the herpes simplex virus or HSV. Both HSV 1 and 2 can produce sores (also called lesions) in and around the vaginal area, on the penis, around the anal opening, and on the buttocks or thighs. Occasionally, sores also appear on other parts of the body where the virus has entered through broken skin.



Causes

Herpes simplex virus 2 (HSV-2) is sexually transmitted and is usually associated with genital ulcers or sores.

Conventional Labs

blood test

viral culture of lesion

Tzanck test

direct fluorescent antibody (DFA) test.

 

 

 

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