Acceptance and outcome of herpes simplex virus type 2 antibody testing in patients attending an STD clinic: recognized and unrecognized infections
2005 (English)In: Acta Dermato-Venereologica, ISSN 0001-5555, E-ISSN 1651-2057, Vol. 85, no 3, 248-252 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The majority of herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2) genital infections are asymptomatic. We wanted to evaluate the acceptance of HSV-2 antibody testing among people attending an STD clinic and to estimate, after counselling, the percentage of recognized and unrecognized HSV-2 infections. First visitors to an STD clinic were invited to participate by answering a questionnaire and taking a blood test for HSV-2 antibodies. HSV-2 seropositive individuals, who were unaware of having genital herpes, were offered an HSV-2 counselling visit and follow-up, Of 1769 patients offered testing, 57% accepted. Of 152 (15%) HSV-2 seropositive individuals, 41% had a self-reported history of genital herpes, approximately 30% had genital symptoms and 30% had no genital symptoms. The percentage of patients reporting genital symptoms was much higher in HSV-2 seropositives (45%) without a history of genital herpes than in an HSV-2 seronegative group (28%). HSV-2 antibody testing should be performed generously in all cases of uncharacteristic genital symptoms,
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2005. Vol. 85, no 3, 248-252 p.
Adult, Antibodies; Viral/analysis, Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay, Female, Herpes Genitalis/blood/epidemiology/*prevention & control, Herpesvirus 2; Human/*immunology/isolation & purification, Humans, Male, Patient Acceptance of Health Care, Questionnaires, Seroepidemiologic Studies, Sexually Transmitted Diseases/blood/epidemiology/prevention & control, Sweden/epidemiology
Dermatology and Venereal Diseases
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-13862DOI: 10.1080/00015550510025588PubMedID: 16040412OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-13862DiVA: diva2:153533