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William Colton



The herpes virus family is a well know and culturally significant clade of virological origin. HSV1 and HSV2 especially are both common and incurable diseases afflicting society. “Human herpes simplex virus infections: Epidemiology, pathogenesis, symptomatology, diagnosis, and management” is a broad spectrum article providing both past and recent information representative of the herpes simplex family to better educate reads on the related viruses. This article provides an exemplary array of portrayals to elaborate to the reader how, what, when, and why the simplex virus family should be better known. All known herpes simplex infections are incurable and are one of the most wide spread infections among adults with 60-90% of adults being infected (Quote article). They tend to lay latent within the host with reoccurring outbreaks and can spread from the site of infection. The range of presentation with herpes infections can go from latent, meaning no visible or obvious symptoms, to a full blown infection and destruction of localized tissues. Infected patients can control their symptoms with antiretroviral drugs that prevent viral outbreaks, but these drugs never completely clear the body of its infection. As the medical society discovers more concerning the herpes simplex virus, we can further educate the public on the ailments it may cause and prevent further spread of infection.

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