Herpes simplex viruses are capable of causing a wide variety of
infections, including genital herpes, which is so common a sexually
transmitted disease that it affects one in five people in the
United States. Understanding Herpes is an accessible sourcebook
about the virus, its various strains, the ways in which it is
transmitted, its symptoms, and the most effective treatments for
fighting infection and aftereffects. The book also details how the
virus can manifest itself in AIDS patients, pregnant women, and
newborns, and discusses the emotional problems that can be caused
by herpes infections.
Revised chapters provide: New information regarding the
diagnosis and treatment of genital herpes New breakthroughs and
discoveries in antiviral therapy New data about the connection
between genital herpes and an increased risk of acquiring and
transmitting HIV Additional steps people can take to reduce the
spread of genital herpes between sexual partners New information
about how drug treatments can reduce the likelihood of spreading
the infection to sexual partners Updated information about the use
of antiviral drugs during pregnancy
A chapter on vaccines includes new information about topical
microbicides that may prove effective in preventing genital herpes
in women. In plain, informative language this book is ideal for the
patient and for loved ones.
Lawrence R. Stanberry, M.D. and Ph.D., is chair of pediatrics
and director of the Sealy Center for Vaccine Development at the
University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. He has served on
numerous advisory and review panels and was the chair of the
Vaccine Study Section at the National Institutes of Health.
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