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Medline ® Abstract for Reference 15

of 'Epidemiology, clinical manifestations, and diagnosis of genital herpes simplex virus infection'

The epidemiology of herpes simplex types 1 and 2 infection of the genital tract in Edinburgh 1978-1991.
Ross JD, Smith IW, Elton RA
Genitourin Med. 1993;69(5):381.
INTRODUCTION: The changing epidemiology of genital herpes in Edinburgh is described in relation to herpes simplex virus (HSV) Type 1 and herpes simplex virus Type 2 infection over a period of 14 years.
METHODS: 2018 episodes of genital herpes in 1794 patients over a 14 year period were assessed. Data on age, sex, sexual orientation, geographical origin and herpes antibodies were also analysed.
RESULTS: The proportion of cases that were HSV Type 1 increased over the period from approximately 20% to over 40%. Type 1 infection is more common in the young, in women and as a primary infection.
CONCLUSIONS: HSV Type 1 is of increasing importance as a cause of genital herpes in our population. This may reflect changes in sexual attitudes and practises over the past decade.
Department of Genitourinary Medicine, Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, UK.