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This is a support organization in London: http://www.hva.org.uk/aboutus.html
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Most important bits:
- 1,207 non-pregnant women ages 18 to 30 at three Pittsburgh-area health clinics between 1998 and 2000.
- three follow-up visits at four-month intervals
- at each study visit, blood samples were tested for HSV-1- and HSV-2-specific antibodies, and surveys of sexual behavior and demographic information were completed.

Initially:
- Initially, HSV-1 was found in 38 percent of women aged 20 or younger.

During the follow-up period:
- sexually inactive women: 1.2 cases per 100 woman-years
- sexually active women: 6.8 cases per 100 woman-years
- had only receptive oral sex without vaginal intercourse: 9.8 cases per 100 woman-years

What is a woman-year?Collapse )

Reference: http://newsbureau.upmc.com/Magee/CherpesHerpesStudy2005.htm

Paper: PDF


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07 December 2005 @ 12:02 pm
Interesting statistics I've recently found out from my doctor. References to studies not available. Will look for them:

- the probability of someone becoming infected when their partner has HSV-1 over a course of 4 years (sexual contact only when symptom-free) is 50%

- a study by medical company (i.e. take with a grain of salt) that with Valtrex used as a preventative measure, that rate is dropped to 5%

If anyone has links to studies, please post.
 
 
 
06 December 2005 @ 07:28 pm
I recently got genital HSV-1 from a rape incident, and spread it to my boyfriend. I'm a college freshman, so it's rather difficult going through all this without health insurance (I didn't want my parents to know). I was wondering what the chances of another outbreak are...I've heard reacurrances are less likely because it is not in its "site of preference...." anyone have any knowledge?
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Title: Recurrent Herpes Simplex Labialis: Selected Therapeutic Options in
Journal de l'Association dentaire canadienne, September 2003, Vol 69, N 8


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Comments: Covers general theory about HSV1 and some options for treatment.

It does not include numbers for Valtrex. If someone knows a good source for studies on Valtrex and other, more recent, medications, please post.

 
 
05 December 2005 @ 12:48 pm
The one of the more popular present-day treatments seems to be Valtrex. There are other things out there such as L-lysine, but I found no good reference with statistics on the subject.

Once we get enough memebers, I think it will be a good idea to have polls for what people use and what works.
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02 January 2006 @ 12:28 am
Great idea for a community, too bad there aren't more members!

Do you know of any good treatments for cold sores (on the lip)? I hate them, they are so painful, and I want it gone now! Any advice you can give would be much appreciated!
 
 
02 December 2005 @ 04:18 am
This is a good paper that covers some very interesting and important points about transmission of HSV http://www.herpes.com/hsv1-2.html. An important read.