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Gazzetta Medica Italiana Archivio per le Scienze Mediche 2004 February;163(1):1-3

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language: Italian

Prophylaxis of herpes simplex virus. Personal experience

Bertuccio S. N. 1, Pellicanò S. 2, Calzone R. 2, Ranieri S. F. 1, Rombolà F. 1, Bertuccio A. 1, Luciani F. 1

1 Divisione di Malattie Infettive, ASL n. 8, Ospedale «G. Iazzolino», Vivo Valentia;
2 Divisione di Malattie Infettive, ASL n. 5, Ospedale «S. Giovanni di Dio», Crotone


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Aim. The Herpes simplex virus (HSV) infection is extremely diffuse in the world, usually it has endemic diffusion and it is transmitted by direct contact and/or by saliva drops. The aim of this study was to establish the prophylaxis guide-lines in HSV+ patients.
Methods. In 2002, 3 patients, 1 male (2%) and 2 females (5%), 1 pregnant, age ranging between 3 and 68 years (mean 35.5±32.5) with HSV infection were enrolled.
Results. After contact herpetic lesions it is important to sudden wash one’s hands; in the HSV-2 infection it is desiderable to abstain from sexual activity till complete recovery. If contagion occurs in pregnancy there is a possibility of 30-50% of transmission to the child.
Conclusions. In HIV+ patients every ulcerative lesion should be considered of herpetic nature till the exact diagnosis.

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