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GAZZETTA MEDICA ITALIANA ARCHIVIO PER LE SCIENZE MEDICHE
A Journal on Internal Medicine and Pharmacology
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Gazzetta Medica Italiana Archivio per le Scienze Mediche 2004 February;163(1):1-3
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
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.