Developments in STD/HIV interactions: The intertwining epidemics of HIV and HSV-2

Steven J. Reynolds, Thomas C. Quinn

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Antiviral agents aimed at treating HSV-2 chronically infected individuals have proven to be effective in the prevention of symptomatic genital herpes and the reduction of viral shedding. These agents play a key role in current HIV prevention trials that will assess the role of suppression of HSV-2 infection on the risk for HIV acquisition and transmission. An added clinical benefit of treating HSV-2/HIV-coinfected individuals is the potential survival benefit, as suggested by earlier studies and by the recent findings that HSV-2/HIV dually infected individuals have higher viral loads [32]. The results of the current HSV-2 suppression trials may provide additional tools to fight the global spread of HIV infection. Treatment of HSV-2/HIV dually infected individuals may prove to be a low-cost intervention to improve clinical outcomes and delay the need for antiretroviral therapy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)415-425
Number of pages11
JournalInfectious disease clinics of North America
Issue number2 SPEC. ISS.
StatePublished - Jun 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases


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