Herpes simplex virus infection

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What is herpes simplex virus infection?

Herpes simplex is a virus that is categorized by location. Non-oral and non-genital herpes include disorders such as herpetic whitlow (fingers), herpes gladiatorum (face, ears), ocular herpes (eyes), cerebral herpes infection encephalitis, Mollaret's meningitis, neonatal herpes.

Common symptoms reported by people with herpes simplex virus infection

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people for herpes simplex virus infection

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Valtrex)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
54
Treatment name(s)

(Zovirax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
55
Treatment name(s)

(Famvir)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7

Data from patients with herpes simplex virus infection, who have ever reported treatments, ordered by their reporting frequency during the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with herpes simplex virus infection

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Valtrex)
Perceived effectiveness
for herpes simplex virus infection (4 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea pain 1 more
Total evaluations
4
Treatment name(s)

(Zovirax)
Perceived effectiveness
for herpes simplex virus infection (1 evaluation)
Side effects
fatigue headaches
Total evaluations
1
Treatment name(s)

(Famvir)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with herpes simplex virus infection, who have ever reported treatments, ordered by their reporting frequency during the last 5 years.
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Who has herpes simplex virus infection on PatientsLikeMe?

  • 1 new patients joined this month
  • 64 say HSV is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 0
20s 31
30s 38
40s 60
50s 34
60s 27
70+ 13

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 46
Female 159

These charts show data from HSV patients who have completed their condition history
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