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article imageTeens are more prone to genital herpes

By Tim Sandle     Oct 27, 2013 in Health
Teenagers today may be more likely to contract one type of herpes virus than teenagers in years past, a new study finds.
New evidence indicates that teenagers today may be more susceptible to one type of genital herpes infection once they become sexually active than teens in years past. This is based on the research finding that adolescents, aged between 14 to 19, who had their blood tested between 2005 and 2010 were less likely to have antibodies against herpes simplex virus type 1(HSV-1) compared with teenagers who had their blood tested between 1999 and 2004. The figures indicate that around 23 percent of teenagers are less likely to have the antibodies against herpes.
The research was undertaken in the U.S., in a study led by Dr. David Kimberlin, of the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The findings have been published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases, in a paper titled "Seroprevalence of Herpes Simplex Virus Types 1 and 2--United States, 1999-2010."
HSV-1 is a common cause of cold sores, but it can also cause genital herpes. Oral herpes, the visible symptoms of which are commonly called cold sores or fever blisters, is an infection of the face or mouth. Oral herpes is the most common form of infection. Genital herpes, known simply as herpes, is the second most common form of herpes.
The researchers speculate that the reason for the decline in HSV-1 protection among young people over the years is likely the result of improved living conditions and better hygiene, which makes young people less likely to contract oral herpes. It stands that teenagers who lack antibodies against HSV-1 may be more likely to develop symptoms from an infection with herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2), another type of herpes simplex virus that is almost always transmitted sexually,
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