The World Health Organisation (WHO) released their latest report into the Herpes simplex virus in February 2022. The report contained key facts, statistics and information while also outlining the WHO response to herpes (HSV-1 and HSV-2). Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 (HSV-I) and Herpes Simplex Virus Type 2 (HSV-II) are two types of the Herpes Simplex Virus.
HSV-1 is usually transmitted via oral-to-oral contact that causes oral herpes but can also cause genital herpes. Symptoms include cold sores found around the mouth and lips.
HSV-2 is a sexually transmitted infection that causes genital herpes with symptoms such as blisters or ulcers around the genitals. The virus can also be contracted through oral contact from the infected genitals to the mouth. Both HSV-1 and HSV-2 are lifelong infections.
Key points made in the 18 February 2022 report from the World Health Organization are as follows:
WHO aims to increase awareness about HSV infections, examining its symptoms and providing better access to antiviral medications. The organization is endeavouring to seek HIV prevention particularly for those with genital HSV worldwide.
They want to provide more superior treatment and prevention interventions, vaccines and topical microbicides using advanced research.
Our Middle East clinics offer testing for a wide range of sexually transmitted infections including Herpes, each of which can be tested for individually. Alternatively, you can opt for a comprehensive health screen such as our Platinum Screen which tests for many STIs and HIV or our Gold Screen which tests for STIs. Both of these STI screens include tests for Herpes HSV-1 and HSV-2. Medical specialists have designed our screens to ensure you obtain complete peace of mind about your sexual health.
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 World Health Organization: Herpes Simplex Virus