The changing face of HSV-1

The traditional cold sore on a child’s lower lip appears to be becoming a rarer phenomenon these days, according to new European research.

According to a systematic review published in the journal, BMJ Global Health, it appears the prevalence of HSV-1 as measured by serology is actually decreasing.

Looking at more than 600 studies, dating as far back as 1972, researchers were able to ascertain that, in Europe at least, fewer children were being exposed to cold sore virus. And while that certainly is a good thing, the flip side is that, increasingly the first time these children will be exposed to the HSV-1 virus is when they ...

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