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Is HSV-2 really an STD considering high prevalance in children?

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HSVcurious

I came about this study, and now Im extremely confused. From the prevalence rate it seems like HSV-2 is not an STD since how can children possible acquire the virus? Are we all being misleaded?

http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pubmed&pubmedid=16891495

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16891495

So whats the real fact, according to the speacialist they argue its an STD.

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ihaveherpes1and2

i think this belongs in some other section not the "finding for a herpes cure" section. And yes i think its an STD

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jericho

The term STD is not designed to handle the complexity of HSV.

Thanks for linking to the study.

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ntdc

Is HIV not an STD because it can be spread in non sexual ways as well. Outside of the gay community nonsexual route of HIV infection is probably higher than sexual route.

This seems like a useless thing to study, of course HSV-2 can be spread to other parts of the body this is well known. My guess is poor hygiene and lack of education on how herpes is spread probably accounts for this.

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HSVcurious

My point of view is that the term STD was relevant to be used probably 30 years ago when people thought the only mode of transmission is through sex. As more studies uncover that STD related infection can also be passed on by kissing for example.

A revision to this term will help people to prevent the spread of the disease accidently, say by cleaning hands before changing diapers for example or important to keep a child fully clothed at all times.

Also when people are aware of the few non-sexual means of infection, the stigma will eventually be lessened if not removed altogether because the thought of it "accidently" infecting a person non-sexually will make it possible for any unlucky person to catch it.

Just a thought anyhow.

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jericho
My point of view is that the term STD was relevant to be used probably 30 years ago when people thought the only mode of transmission is through sex. As more studies uncover that STD related infection can also be passed on by kissing for example.

A revision to this term will help people to prevent the spread of the disease accidently, say by cleaning hands before changing diapers for example or important to keep a child fully clothed at all times.

Also when people are aware of the few non-sexual means of infection, the stigma will eventually be lessened if not removed altogether because the thought of it "accidently" infecting a person non-sexually will make it possible for any unlucky person to catch it.

Just a thought anyhow.

If the medical community wanted to lessen the stigma around genital herpes, they would start telling people cold sores are oral herpes. Not to mention that it would mitigate the swell of GHSV-1 cases.

But I think your point about changing the term in a way that educates the public about modes of transmission is a good one. In some ways, the public's education about HIV has taught people that condoms equal safe sex. I bet only a tiny minority of adults realize that condoms reduce the risk of contracting genital herpes by only 30%.

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I came about this study, and now Im extremely confused. From the prevalence rate it seems like HSV-2 is not an STD since how can children possible acquire the virus? Are we all being misleaded?

http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pubmed&pubmedid=16891495

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16891495

So whats the real fact, according to the speacialist they argue its an STD.

Some children have sex.

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