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Herpes virusEdit

Cross-posted here, at Talk:Herpesviridae, and at Talk:Herpes simplex virus

Hi everyone. What do you think of this disambiguation-page: Herpes virus

I tried to make this into the shortest introduction one could possibly have to the subject. Maybe that page should be moved to Herpes, which is currently a redirect to Herpes simplex. Incorrectly, if you ask me. "Herpes" can refer to both a virus and a disease. Where I live, Netherlands, most people associate the word "herpes" with either herpes labialis (cold sores) or genital herpes. So, if they search for "herpes" on Wikipedia, it might be a good idea to present them with a short page explaining the terminology right away, in a concise manner. Cheers, In the USA, Herpes is the general term used when referencing the sexually transferred illness. Manifestation (talk) 19:28, 9 July 2019 (UTC)Reply[reply]

can you explain what is Herpes simplex? I'm using the dictionary of virology which defines it as: "herpes simplex virus 1 and 2 There are 2 antigenic types: herpes simplex virus 1; herpes simplex type 2 is a synonym for Human herpesvirus 2." The definitions of Human herpesvirus 1/2 detail the symptoms and prognosis of the disease. How does this page relate to it? Thanks 2003:EC:2718:B1E9:DC6C:613B:133C:DCFA (talk) 10:28, 25 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Semi-protected edit request removal of false sentences from Signs and Symptoms and PathophysiologyEdit

Please remove the sentence "As a result of primary infection, the body produces antibodies to the particular type of HSV involved, preventing a subsequent infection of that type at a different site." because it is not true. Accordingly, please remove the sentence "Antibodies that develop following an initial infection with a type of HSV prevents reinfection with the same virus type—a person with a history of orofacial infection caused by HSV-1 cannot contract herpes whitlow or a genital infection caused by HSV-1" because it is also false. Thank you. thethirdmanlettuce — Preceding undated comment added 04:07, 7 April 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I just came across the article and noticed the same apparent error. I've modified the first instance to say "helps prevent" instead of "prevents." I've also sent an email to Dr. Gibson, the editor of WikiDoc where the second sentence is sourced from. Seems contradicted by the NHS here: Ted Sanders (talk) 05:36, 29 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Possible error about HSV reinfectionsEdit

The article makes the following claim without citation: "In HSV-1-infected individuals, seroconversion after an oral infection prevents additional HSV-1 infections such as whitlow, genital herpes, and herpes of the eye."

This seems contradicted by the NHS, which says that herpes of the eye usually come from reinfection at a new site:

I see three possibilities:

(1) The NHS is wrong

(2) The article is wrong

(3) The article is using the word "prevents" in the sense of "helps prevent" rather than "prevents 100%" (similar to how a vaccine prevents disease)

The most charitable and likely interpretation is #3, so I've edited the section to say "helps prevent" instead of "prevents."

The article that you linked to clearly says: "Herpes simplex eye infections usually occur when a previous infection with the virus reactivates and spreads to the eye." I do not know where you found the stuff about reinfection. Ruslik_Zero 20:18, 20 November 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Pre-exposure and post-exposure therapy, eaten by partner who does NOT have HSV?Edit

Wikipedia now says:

"Transmission risk from infected female to male is around 4–5% annually.

Suppressive antiviral therapy reduces these risks by 50%".

// Antiviral therapy eaten by whom? If I a male and I don't yet have HSV-1 or HSV-2, and I eat antivirals pre-exposure and post-exposure, how well does that work? Any research?

11:22, 22 February 2023 (UTC) (talk) 11:22, 22 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]