Viral Infections

  • Author: Jin S. Suh, MD, FACP; Humberto R. Jimenez, PharmD, BCPS, AAHIVP (More Info)
  • Editors in Chief: Daniel R. Kuritzkes, MD; Joseph J. Eron, Jr., MD
  • Last Reviewed: 8/1/21 (What's New)


  • Guidelines recommend consistent use of latex condoms to prevent transmission of HSV-2 (Management Guidelines)[CDC OI]
  • Individuals with HIV should avoid sexual activity when partners with HSV infection have orolabial or genital lesions present
  • Valacyclovir 500 mg once daily effective in reducing HSV-2 transmission in HIV-uninfected individuals[Corey 2004b; Corey 2004c]

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