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Measure: Herpes Simplex Virus Types 1 and 2 - Assay   #160500

Definition: This is a bioassay to measure herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) and type 2 (HSV-2). HSV-1 causes infections of the lips and mouth, such as cold sores and fever blisters. It is transmitted through saliva. Both HSV-1 and HSV-2 can cause genital herpes, a sexually transmitted disease (STD). Most genital herpes is caused by HSV-2.

Purpose: The bioassay determines whether a participant is infected with herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) and/or type 2 (HSV-2), a common infection in the United States. A total of 16.2%, or about one out of six people aged 14–49 years of age, have genital HSV-2 infection.


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Keywords: Infectious disease, Sexually transmitted disease, Herpes simplex virus, National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, NHANES, Infectious Diseases and Immunity

Measure Release Date: November 12, 2010

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