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Herpes Simplex Virus The structure of HSV is made up of large double-stranded DNA genomes enclosed within an icosahedral protein cage called the capsid, which is then wrapped up in a lipid bilayer called the envelope. Click to enlargeI'll begin with a study that assesses gender-based differences in viral load, specifically at different CD4+ cell count levels.1 This study presented by Beatriz Grinsztejn follows up on a previous fund of knowledge that, at the time it was first elucidated, was so surprising that many people thought it was not true, and that the researchers must be wrong. This study that was presented at CROI 2008 extends our previous fund of knowledge in that it includes women from many parts of the world and it includes women at lower CD4+ cell counts in a single study, which has never been done before. The study researchers found that there was an almost perfect linear relationship between a lower CD4+ cell count and a smaller difference between women and men in terms of their viral loads -- that is, their HIV-1 RNA levels. This is in keeping with all previous data, which has indicated that there's a greater difference between women and men at higher CD4+ cell counts, meaning women have much lower HIV-1 RNA levels at the higher CD4+ cell counts, but we have never before been able to see this sort of direct linear relationship.
For additional images from this study, click here.When people are treated for HIV infection, is there a gender-based difference in the response?
As is almost always the case, there were differences between the women and men at study entry. The bottom line with regards to the study findings were that, if you did an unadjusted analysis, both blacks and women were less likely to have a good virologic response. What was found in this study from the military was that there was no difference between women and men in terms of achieving a good virologic response on HAART.
For additional images from this study, click here.There were other studies from CROI 2008 that added some information to our knowledge, sometimes fairly important information. The authors found that none of the measures of nutritional status were predictive of either the CD4+ cell count response or the virologic response to antiretroviral therapy.
WIHS, in general, has enrolled a little over 3,700 women, of whom almost 1,000 were HIV uninfected, and therefore provide a good comparison group over time.
The study found, using the HOMA [homeostasis model assessment] index as the measure of insulin resistance, that women reporting the use of any kind of HAART since their prior visit were more likely to have insulin resistance.
Taking a closer look at the components of HAART, it was found that it's really the NRTIs that were predicting the insulin resistance. Then, in further analysis, the researchers looked at which components of the NRTIs were contributing, and it was found to be almost entirely stavudine [d4T, Zerit].
The authors concluded that, although any use of HAART was associated with a higher likelihood of insulin resistance, the cumulative exposure to NRTIs, especially stavudine, but not PIs or NNRTIs, was independently associated with higher insulin resistance.
With regards to differences in gender, it was found that virologic failure was associated with being female. This suggests, similar to the previous study from WIHS,7 that the NRTIs may have different effects in women than men.
Let me mention two studies that are not easily categorized, but which generally are of great interest to HIV-infected women. For additional slides from this study, click here.All past studies have indicated that the single strongest predictor of HIV viral load in the genital tract is the systemic HIV viral load (the viral load in the plasma). This was a study of 225 HIV-infected WIHS women who had paired plasma and cervical vaginal lavage (CVL) specimens available. We had, in the past, thought that it was mostly the local -- meaning, just compartmentalized in the genital tract -- immune activation that could be driving the genital viral load.
Another question that HIV-infected women frequently have, and in fact, which the women in WIHS have repeatedly asked for data regarding, is whether there is early menopause, also referred to as early ovarian deficiency, in HIV-infected women compared to uninfected women. Of note, there have been other studies, not of ovarian function in HIV-infected women, but of clinically diagnosed menopause.14 Clinically diagnosed menopause almost always means that the female patient tells the provider whether she's gone through menopause. I'll start with a look at a normal, healthy vagina, which is really defined in great part by the presence of Lactobacillus, or plural lactobacilli.
Click to enlargeThis study by Jane Hitti et al that was presented at CROI 2008 looked at 57 women, who were seen multiple times. Longitudinally, the researchers followed women over time and found that, if a woman acquired more lactobacilli (had a higher level of lactobacilli) over time, that was associated with a decreasing vaginal viral load. In addition, if the woman had had lactobacilli, but then lost them over time, there was a 0.5-log increase in the vaginal viral load. In the distant past, some 30 years ago, there was much discussion among women about whether putting live-culture yogurt into the vagina would increase vaginal health. Now, for somewhat discouraging news, let me talk about the intervention trials that have been done to assess whether certain kinds of interventions can prevent HIV transmission to women and men, though I'll specifically be talking about the outcomes in women here.
Click to enlargeAaron Tobian et al looked at whether circumcision in men would have any favorable outcomes in the mens' female partners.16 In this study, there were 3,516 men enrolled who were negative for both HIV and HSV-2 (herpes simplex virus type-2, also known as genital herpes infection). One of the outcomes that was studied in men was whether circumcision would prevent the acquisition of genital herpes infection, which it did.
Click to enlargeThe female partners who were also studied were defined as being the wives of some of these 3,516 men. Click to enlargeThere was no difference in vaginal symptoms based on whether the male partner had been circumcised. A second presentation by Maria Wawer et al of this same trial on circumcision in men looked at the HIV-infected men who had been enrolled.17 There were 992 HIV-infected men enrolled. Click to enlargeThe results: There was no difference at all in genital infections among the women. As we know, circumcision protects men from HIV acquisition,18 but it does not seem to be the case that circumcising HIV-infected men confers any protection to their female partner.
Another intervention that has been studied in clinical trials to prevent HIV acquisition, or HIV transmission, is to suppress herpes simplex genital episodes in people who are already herpes simplex infected. There was clearly a decrease in herpes simplex episodes and ulcerations, but there was no difference in HIV acquisition, none at all, which was very disappointing. There was some speculation that perhaps the association between herpes and HIV is that they are acquired simultaneously.
There was what we might want to call preclinical information presented regarding the new drug maraviroc [MVC, Selzentry, Celsentri]. In the plasma, for almost all drugs, there is a huge amount of protein binding, like up to 90%. For additional slides from this study, click here.Let me finish up by presenting not primary data, but information that was presented at a symposium regarding prevention of HIV transmission in women.
This has been a very controversial area for quite a while and it's an enormously important area, because preventing pregnancy, for women everywhere, but especially in the developing world, is critical to women's health and wellbeing, and the health and wellbeing of their children, and it is mostly done through hormonal means.
In addition, those same authors found that women who were taking hormonal contraception had multiple viral variants, were basically 4-fold more likely to have multiple viral variants at the time of transmission, which was also associated with a more rapid CD4+ cell count decline.
In a time variant analysis, meaning where the researchers looked at whether the woman remained on hormonal contraception, the researchers found that really only the Depo-Provera was associated with a greater likelihood of progression, defined again as death or a CD4+ cell count decline.
Again, there was a summary slide shown of all the studies that have addressed this, and the findings are completely inconclusive -- meaning, some studies show an effect, and some studies show no effect. There were two more presentations that addressed the underlying scientific paradigms that we should consider when looking at HIV prevention in women. All of this would suggest that preventing sexually transmitted infections should prevent HIV transmission, but, in fact, as you've seen from some of the data I presented earlier,19 mostly this doesn't seem to be true.
Click to enlargeFinally, let me mention a little bit about the local environment in the female genital tract, and why we have not succeeded in our microbicide efforts to prevent transmission to women. The second is that there are small proteins in the vagina that protect us from being infected with a variety of pathogens, including viruses. At the same dose, PRO 2000 also has effects on the tight junction proteins, but the effects are substantially less than those observed with cellulose sulfate or nonoxynol-9 and do not lead to increased migration of HIV across the epithelium. Our understanding of the basic science explains why we have not succeeded with nonoxynol-9 and cellulose sulfate and, importantly, gives us some hope about the new substances that we'll be able to test in the near future. In summary, we've reviewed data that looks at disease progression in women, response to therapy, and some basic pathophysiology in how to prevent HIV transmission in women. Anastos K, Shi Q, Lu D, et al, and Rwanda Women's Interassociation Study and Assessment (RWISA). Haubrich RH, Riddler S, DiRienzo G, et al, and the AIDS Clinical Trials Group 5142 Study Team. Morrison CS, Richardson BA, Mmiro F, et al, for the Hormonal Contraception and the Risk of HIV Acquisition (HC-HIV) Study Group. Chlamydia, a common infection, is the most reported STD in the United States with over 1.3 million people infected in 2010. Primarily transmitted through sexual contact condoms are very effective at preventing the transmission of the infection and should be used during all types of sexual contact including vaginal, anal, and oral. If you have had unprotected intercourse in a non-monogamous relationship there is always a chance that you may have come in contact with chlamydia.
The table above represents reported 2007 data from the Center of Disease Control compiled in to race and age groups.
Blacks were highest by far over all with Asian and Pacific Islanders at an all-time low percentage wise, but the data is skewed because Hawaii didn't report this year. While the younger demographic is the largest concern older generations are still at risk and should still be tested if they are sexually active.
Diagnosis techniques have gotten exceedingly better over the years for STDs including chlamydia. If diagnosed with a positive result it's important that all of the patients' recent past sexual partners be tested as well, and all parties should refrain from intercourse to minimize reinfection until at least one week after completing treatment. Chlamydia can be treated and cured easily by your doctor with antibiotics with either one single dose of azithromycin or a twice daily regimen of doxycycline for one week.
While certain infections can render a person infertile, if proper treatment is sought out within a reasonable time frame most people's reproductive systems will not be affected. If not treated, you will have the disease for your lifetime, but with simple treatment options available it can be cured quite easily if within a reasonable time frame. In almost all cases testing is not performed during most yearly exams unless requested or if there is an assumption by the physician that testing should be performed. Knowing you have an STD is probably going to be a private part of your life you wouldn't want everyone to know about, so we've put together a small tutorial on how to erase you browsing history in a number of popular browsers so whoever sits down at the computer next won't suddenly start asking unwanted questions about your medical condition.


The people enrolled in this randomized clinical trial were from eight resource-limited countries and the United States.
The women were more likely to be black, were younger and had higher CD4+ cell counts at entry. However, when you adjusted for a variety of factors, especially with regards to whether the patient received HAART, the racial difference in terms of virologic response disappeared, but the gender-based difference in virologic response became more pronounced. The first is a study of women in Rwanda that looks at nutritional status prior to treatment and whether that predicted a good or poor response to antiretroviral therapy.4 This study, which I was involved in, was restricted to HIV-infected women who had initiated antiretroviral therapy. Specifically, serum albumin, hemoglobin, total body fat and fat-free mass did not predict the response to therapy. The information was gained, first from public health death data, followed by chart abstraction in France. Women's Interagency HIV Study [WIHS] -- we see that women remain very likely to die from AIDS, right through to the present.6 In WIHS, of those women who are dying, more than 50% of them are dying from AIDS. Certainly, neither of these studies tells us the answer for why that is happening, but we have to consider that there's truly a biologic difference based on gender, and not just a difference in access to care. This particular study included 2,218 women who contributed a total of 11,000 visits, in which they had had fasting glucose and insulin measured. The PI use and the NNRTI [non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor] use were non-associated with insulin resistance. Virologic failure was also associated with younger age, a lower CD4+ cell count and black race. The frequently shown differences in toxicity that we see with HAART between women and men may, in fact, mostly be driven by the NRTIs.
The first is a study that looks at some of the predictors of HIV shedding in the female genital tract.12 Meaning, what is it that creates higher viral loads in a female patient's genital tract than in her blood plasma? The question of what does systemic immune activation do had not really been previously studied. The researchers found that systemic immune activation is significantly associated with viral load in the genital tract, and that the lack of systemic immune activation, which is measured in a different way, was protective. This study suggests that, in fact, the pathophysiologic mechanism might actually be systemic immune activation, and therefore this needs to be studied further. One would think that this is easy to study, but it's not, in part, because the ability to study menopause is an evolving field.
They did ultrasounds of the ovary to look at the antral follicular count, and then did a descriptive analysis according to age. However, any historical comparator of women in this age group -- and the mean age was 34 years -- would not find that 85% of women had at least one abnormal marker.
Those studies have not found a difference, actually, between the HIV-infected and the HIV-uninfected women.
I'll start with a somewhat encouraging observational study, but then I'm going to move into the clinical trials. Lactobacilli are hydrogen peroxide-producing bacteria present in women's vaginas in greater or lesser degree and which, for many decades, have been known to promote genital health in women, or vaginal health, in particular.
The researchers assessed the presence of lactobacilli, as well as the presence of the bacteria that cause bacterial vaginosis.15 They also looked at the HIV-1 RNA levels in the vagina. In fact, it decreased by 0.7-log, which is actually a huge decrease, especially in the vagina, which tends to have low viral loads to begin with.
There was no effect of trichomonas or yeast infections, or their change over time, on the vaginal viral load. The reason to study it is that these local factors in the vagina have been shown to actually be associated with HIV acquisition or HIV transmission. Specifically, what you'd want to do is get rid of the bacterial vaginosis bacteria and increase the lactobacilli.
Two different people presented at CROI 2008 from the Rakai study, which is a trial of male circumcision. There were 1,608 wives, of whom 825 were married to men in the immediately circumcised group, and 783 were married to men in the delayed circumcised group. There was a difference in diagnosed genital ulcer disease among the female partners of men who had been circumcised, and an approximately 50% decrease in the incidence of trichomonas. The 94 female partners of those men who were circumcised and the 71 female partners of those men who did not get circumcised were also included in the study. There was also no difference at all in HIV transmission to the women from their male partners, with one exception. In fact, if men are recently circumcised and there is sex prior to wound healing, that actually enhances the risk of transmission to the female partner. It is thought that this would work, because people who have herpes simplex are known to be more likely to have HIV infection, or maybe even be more likely to acquire HIV infection. The participants were randomized to receive oral acyclovir [Zovirax], or not to receive it.
Therefore, once somebody has HSV, suppressing it will not prevent the HIV transmission, because it would have already occurred by then.
Basically, the drug level in the genital tract -- specifically, undiluted cervical vaginal fluids -- was 11-fold higher than the drug level in the plasma. It's high enough to prevent viral replication, but the implications of having a 1-log higher drug level in the genital tract for a drug that specifically blocks the CCR5 receptor, where all transmission must occur utilizing the CCR5 receptor, does give us some real hope that this could be a very effective preventive measure in HIV-uninfected women. So, if there were effects of hormones on HIV acquisition or disease progression, or shedding, these could have enormous population-based implications, as well as real implications for the individual woman's health. The most recent study on this was published in 2007.22 It was a large study of more than 6,000 women.
In the first, Rupert Kaul discussed why we would think we could make interventions that could have an effect, that could decrease transmission.26 What are the key concepts in transmission? Kaul presented data on bacterial vaginosis, which, again, seemed not to have an impact on HIV transmission. This is information that was presented by Betsy Herold's group.28 It goes back to the basic science of why something would work or not work.
One is that the epithelium provides a natural barrier against infection and there are things that can disrupt that barrier directly. It turns out that nonoxynol-9 both disrupts the epithelial barrier by breaking up what's called the tight junctions between the cells, allowing virus to cross the barrier and it also elicits an inflammatory response that leads to a loss of some of the protective proteins and an increase in inflammatory proteins. Herold's group is suggesting that the safety evaluation of anything that's going to be considered as a microbicide needs to be evaluated prior to going into clinical trials in women.
Also, importantly, it gives us a mechanism to assess safety prior to using these compounds in women who are at risk for HIV infection.
We have way more information than we have ever had in the past, but I think you can see we still don't have enough.
Gender-associated differences in pre-ART plasma HIV-1 RNA in diverse areas of the world vary by CD4+ cell count. Association of pre-treatment nutritional status with CD4 and viral load response to ART in Rwandan women.
Antiretroviral therapy exposure and incidence of diabetes mellitus in the Women's Interagency HIV Study.
The cellular pharmacology of nucleoside- and nucleotide-analogue reverse-transcriptase inhibitors and its relationship to clinical toxicities. Effect of baseline characteristics on treatment outcomes in ACTG 5142: a prospective, randomized, phase III trial of NRTI-, PI-, and NNRTI-sparing regimens for initial treatment of HIV-1 infection.
Metabolic outcomes of ACTG 5142: a prospective, randomized, phase III trial of NRTI-, PI-, and NNRTI-sparing regimens for initial treatment of HIV-1 infection. Protective effect of vaginal Lactobacillus on genital HIV-1 RNA concentrations: longitudinal data from a US cohort study. Trial of male circumcision: prevention of HSV-2 in men and vaginal infections in female partners, Rakai, Uganda. Trial of male circumcision in HIV+ men, Rakai, Uganda: effects in HIV+ men and in women partners. Maraviroc (MVC) pharmacokinetics (PK) in blood plasma (BP), genital tract (GT) fluid and tissue in healthy female volunteers. Impact of hormonal contraception on HIV acquisition, cervico-vaginal viral shedding, and disease progression. Hormonal contraception and risk of HIV-1 acquisition: results of a 10-year prospective study.
Effect of contraceptive methods on natural history of HIV: studies from the Mombasa cohort. A randomized trial of the intrauterine contraceptive device vs hormonal contraception in women who are infected with the human immunodeficiency virus. Vaginal flora, co-infections and immune cells in the genital mucosa: implications for HIV transmission. Comprehensive pre-clinical assessment of microbicide safety using in vitro and murine models. Findings from a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial of tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF) for prevention of HIV infection in women. PRO 2000 gel inhibits HIV and herpes simplex virus infection following vaginal application: a double-blind placebo-controlled trial. Safety and tolerability of tenofovir vaginal gel in abstinent and sexually active HIV-infected and uninfected women.
It is a part of the publication 15th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections. Note the date of this summary's publication, and before treating patients or employing any therapies described in these materials, verify all information independently. It's caused by the bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis which can cause serious irreparable damage to both the male and female reproductive systems, also known as the silent STD, it often has little or misinterpreted symptoms and in some cases will be completely asymptomatic.


When left untreated complications of chlamydia can be quite serious and can damage sexual organs leading to infertility in women and in men. Symptoms may be moderate to none, but normally develop one to three weeks after the initial infection. Some of the increase corresponds with better access to testing, easier more accurate testing procedures, and advancements in the reporting system, but actual infection rates are on the rise. The age group 15 to 24 has the highest rates of diagnosis except for in Hispanics where the 25 to 35 year old age group had the highest number of reported cases. Physicians have two different options for testing including swabbing the urethra in men or the cervix in women to look for signs of the bacteria or a more comfortable option of using urine samples. So once you are infected and have been effectively treated it is just as possible to contract the infection again in the future.
A tegument is a cluster of proteins that lines the space between the envelope and nucleocapsid in a virus.
Then I'll talk about some very specific issues that are always of concern to HIV-infected women, specifically, reproductive cycling. In general, that's always true, both because women access care earlier and also because women without HIV infection generally have a higher CD4+ cell count than men. After adjusted analyses, women in the study were found to be 50% more likely to die compared to the men in the study, whereas people of color had a similar risk of death compared to the non-blacks.
Specifically, the people of color in this study were only half as likely to achieve an undetectable viral load.
The 457 women in the study were seen every six months, at which time multiple measures were taken, including some laboratory tests and measures of body composition. This is an encouraging finding, because in many parts of the world poor nutritional status is common among HIV-infected people initiating therapy.
There were 1,042 people included in 2005, compared to 964 people included in the year 2000. The remarkable finding in this study is that in 2000, women and men were equally likely to die from AIDS, but by 2005, women were much more likely to die from AIDS and much less likely to die from other causes. This is in contrast to other studies of men in general, which tend to show that AIDS is no longer the leading cause of death. In addition, the usual things that affect insulin resistance were found to be predictive -- those are hepatitis C infection, family history of diabetes, increasing age, increasing body mass index and having gone through menopause. There was no difference seen between women and men in terms of the risk of virologic failure in the other arms. The study specifically was looking at whether immune activation systemically -- not locally in the genital tract, but systemically throughout the body -- was associated with higher viral loads in the genital tract. Systemic immune activation, in this study, was measured by looking at specific kinds of CD8+ cells, and whether they were DR-positive or DR4-positive. Only really in the last 10 years have we had research methodology that allows us to start addressing this question.
Thus, this essentially should be looked at as preliminary data, suggesting that better controlled studies should be performed using these sort of new and multiple markers of ovarian function. In this area, as in the vaccine trials, the results have been very disappointing in terms of the ability to actually prevent HIV transmission to people. For example, back in the '60s or '70s, we learned that the presence of lactobacilli would prevent yeast infections in women, or make them less likely. Thus, the presence of bacterial vaginosis, because it's a very common infection, could have a very large population-based effect should it be found to increase HIV transmissibility. The rest of the men had delayed circumcision, meaning 24 months later they would become circumcised. The effect was even greater, a 50% decrease, in men who were high risk, which basically meant that they did not use condoms consistently. There was not much of a difference in bacterial vaginosis in general, but in severe bacterial vaginosis, there was a 70% decrease.
That exception occurred among couples who had sex early -- meaning, prior to wound healing, when there was an enhanced risk of transmission to the women. The thinking was that, if we could prevent the ulcerations from herpes simplex, then we could prevent the HIV transmission. However, it was very clear that this particular intervention didn't work and that, therefore, suppressing herpes in people will not help them avoid HIV transmission. For maraviroc, in these same women, the researchers looked at the blood plasma protein binding, which was 76%, in keeping with most drugs.
He had two points to make about this: 1) we need further study, and 2) condoms remain the single most effective way to prevent HIV transmission, and should continue to be promoted aggressively. I think everyone knows the story of nonoxynol-9 -- because it kills HIV in vitro, it was expected that this would be a very effective way to prevent HIV transmission to women.29 In fact, what happened in clinical trials was that it enhanced HIV transmission to women. The inflammatory proteins could recruit more HIV target cells into the genital tract and, when combined with the disruption in the epithelial barrier, could enhance HIV infection. Cellulose sulfate is the second microbicide that went into clinical trials and was also found to enhance transmission, and therefore the studies were stopped early.30 Now there is some good news here, which is that there are other microbicides coming along -- specifically something called PRO 2000,31 tenofovir [TDF, Viread],32 and maybe we should consider maraviroc, which has not been studied yet. There need to be more studies that look at differences in women and men, and by ancestral history, for response to therapy, that look at some really specific issues that are of concern to women -- for example, reproductive hormones in HIV-infected women, and equally importantly, that assess how we can prevent HIV transmission to women, who continue to be at higher risk than men for acquiring HIV. If you are a patient, please consult a doctor or other medical professional before acting on any of the information presented in this summary. In women it can infect the cervix and urinary tract and can cause pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) when it reaches the fallopian tubes. Women are the most at risk with more than double the amount of reported diagnoses than of men in 2008. When using urine samples it's important to make sure that the patients sample includes the very first part of the urination because that's the point of build up of the bacteria. In fact, it is quite common for people who are infected to pass the infection back and forth during treatment, which is why it is imperative to refrain from sexual contact until the treatment is completed. Finally I will review the growing science regarding the prevention of HIV transmission to women. The women were also less likely to have had an AIDS diagnosis and were less likely to have had HAART [highly active antiretroviral therapy] during the course of their care. The short answer to both questions is that, currently, we don't have enough information to know.
This study suggests that mild, pre-treatment malnutrition does not impair the response to HAART.
In theory, you can treat bacterial vaginosis, which is what we do after we diagnose it, but how do you get more lactobacilli into the vagina?
The outcomes that were looked at in these women were vaginal symptoms and vaginal infections. To sum up, male circumcision was associated with decreases in genital ulcer disease, severe bacterial vaginosis and trichomonas in the female partner.
The transmission rate among couples who had early sex was 27%, versus 9.5% among the couples who did not have early sex. It did, however, have one additional piece of information that was very interesting: The researchers measured how much protein binding there was for this drug in the genital tract. However, the local genital tract protein binding was only 7.6%, suggesting that not only is the drug there in much higher concentrations, it's also much more available, which may, again, increase its ability to prevent transmission. A 0.33-log difference does predict, in general, in most populations, a faster disease progression. All of this suggests that we need better research in this area, which is now occurring, but for many years, was not occurring. Specifically, their group has developed both a cell and explant culture model and a mouse model -- and remember, safety includes not getting HIV.
In men it can infect the urinary tract and the epididymis causing swelling or inflammation of the testicles.
Therefore the women had a longer time to virologic failure and a longer time to treatment-limiting toxicity with the NRTI-sparing arm.
There was a lot of speculation about why this was true, but it's only recently that we have found information that tells us why this is true.
You don't want to be giving people something to prevent HIV when it's actually enhancing HIV transmission.
Teens and young adults ages 19 to 25 make up nearly half of all new infections every year with females being the most affected in that particular demographic as well. Blisters and inflammation appear after the destruction of these cells, presenting itself in the region where the virus was found. People who are already infected can have virus that utilizes either R5 or X4, but at the time of infection, transmission almost always occurs through the R5 receptor. Because of the lack of symptoms and long-term complications associated with chlamydia the Center for Disease Control suggests that sexually active people should be tested yearly.
Viral particles are carried from the skin cells through the branches of nerve cells to ganglia, where the virus persists in a latent form until it becomes active and visible again. HSV-1 and HSV-2 are most contagious during active outbreaks, but are often spread through viral shedding as well. Oral HSV-1 is often the most easily acquired herpes infection and is usually the first herpes simplex virus that someone encounters. Those who have a prior infection with HSV-1 have an acquired immune response that lowers, but does not fully eliminate, the risk of acquiring HSV-2. More serious disorders can affect the eyes and can also damage the brain by invading the central nervous system.




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