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Herpes simplex: diagnosis and treatment

Herpes simplex: diagnosis and treatment

Herpes simplex

The Herpes simplex virus causes cold sores on the face (H labialis), whitlows on the fingers and hands and genital herpes (H genitalis). It may also infect other areas of the skin. Prevalence in adults in the UK is about 60%, worldwide it nears 90%. Since most infected people are asymptomatic, rates are detected through blood tests for H simplex antibodies.

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