Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Oral Herpes Incidence

Facts about herpes gingivostomatitis:

  • About 4 out 5 adults in the US are infected by the Herpes simplex 1 virus.
  • Herpes simplex type 1 causes an oral rash in 80 percent of the cases, and a genital rash in 20 percent of the cases.
  • Only about 30 percent of these adults experience episodes of rash.

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Last Updated: May 1, 2008 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Oral Herpes References
  1. Amir J, Harel L, Smetana Z, Varsano I. The natural history of primary herpes simplex type 1 gingivostomatitis in children. Pediatr Dermatol. 1999 Jul-Aug;16(4):259-63. [10469407]
  2. Frenkel LM. Herpes Simplex Virus Infections in Adolescents. Adolesc Med. 1995 Feb;6(1):65-78. [10358302]
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