WHO: Nearly 4 billion people under 50 infected with herpes simplex virus type 1 globally

WHO: Nearly 4 billion people under 50 infected with herpes simplex virus type 1 globally

For the first time last year, tuberculosis was the cause of death for more people worldwide than HIV/AIDS, according to a new WHO report. Her main issue was privacy and cost. The main interventions which could reduce the incidence and prevalence of STIs include primary prevention (information, education and communication campaigns, condom promotion, use of safe microbicides, and vaccines), screening and case finding among vulnerable groups (for example, pregnant women), STI case management using the syndromic approach, targeted interventions for populations at high risk (for example, sex workers), and in some circumstances (targeted) periodic mass treatment. Sub-Saharan Africa remains the region most affected by HIV/AIDS; however, the virus is now spreading rapidly in Asia and parts of Eastern Europe. HSV-2 is almost entirely sexually transmitted through skin-to-skin contact, causing genital herpes. The viruses are called herpes simplex type 1 and herpes simplex type 2. Some 140 million people aged 15-49 years are infected with genital HSV-1 infection, primarily in the Americas, Europe and Western Pacific.

WHO: Nearly 4 billion people under 50 infected with herpes simplex virus type 1 globally
Fewer people in high-income countries are becoming infected with HSV-1 as children, likely due to better hygiene and living conditions, and are instead at risk of contracting it genitally through oral sex after they become sexually active. According to the WHO, TB still kills 4,400 people a day, while 3.3% of new cases have multi-drug resistant TB. Test results is delivered to you by email and after you have received that and confirmed, then you will be out of their system. Screening, case finding, improved access to care, and improved case management can prevent complications, and also reduce transmission, by shortening the duration of infection. The advent of anti-retroviral drugs in the late 1980s began a revolution in the management of HIV, which can be seen as analogous to the use of penicillin for treating bacterial infections in the 1940s. Several candidate vaccines and microbicides are currently being studied. Maximum viral shedding is in the first 24 hours of the acute illness but may last 5 days.

It is difficult to determine the proportion of HSV-infected people worldwide who have symptomatic disease, as symptoms may be mild or simply not recognized as herpes. In the United States of America, about 15% of people with HSV-2 infection report a prior diagnosis of genital herpes. She spends way too much time on Twitter, one of her favorite social media channels. Herpes symptoms can be treated with antivirals, but after an initial episode, symptoms can recur. Even assuming availability of good products, the practicalities of implementing vaccination programmes in the developing world would be formidable, not to mention the acceptability to the target populations and the issue of parental consent, in cases of vaccines that should be provided before entry into sexual life. Nonetheless, a 2003 survey of coverage revealed that fewer than one in five people at high risk of infection had access to the most basic prevention services, including condoms, AIDS education, MTCT prevention, voluntary counseling and testing (VCT), and harm reduction programs (Global HIV Prevention Working Group 2003). In people with weak immune systems, such as those with advanced HIV infection, HSV-1 can have more severe symptoms and more frequent recurrences.

There are two types of herpes simplex virus, type 1 (HSV-1) and type 2 (HSV-2). WHO is currently working on the development of a global health sector strategy for sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including for HSV-1 and HSV-2, to be finalized for consideration at the 69th World Health Assembly in 2016.

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