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Epidemiological evaluation of herpes simplex virus in men who have sex with men in Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil
  1. Alexandre dos Santos da Silva1,
  2. Lyana Rodrigues Pinto Lima1,
  3. Amanda da Silva Perse1,
  4. Lisie Souza Castro2,
  5. Grazielli Rocha de Rezende2,
  6. Fernanda Rodas Pires2,
  7. Marco Antonio Moreira Puga2,
  8. Larissa Melo Bandeira2,
  9. Tayana Serpa Ortiz Tanaka2,
  10. Ana Rita Coimbra Motta-Castro2,3,
  11. Vanessa Salete de Paula1
  1. 1FIOCRUZ, Oswaldo Cruz Institute, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  2. 2Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul—UFMS, Centro de Ciências Biológicas e da Saúde, Setor HemonúcleoCampo Grande, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil
  3. 3FIOCRUZ-MS; Rua Gabriel Abrão, Campo Grande, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil
  1. Correspondecne to Dr Vanessa Salete de Paula, Institution: Instituto Oswaldo Cruz—FIOCRUZ, Pav. Helio e Peggy Pereira, Av. Brasil, 4365, Manguinhos, Rio de Janeiro, RJ 21360-040, Brazil; vdepaula{at}

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Herpes simplex virus types 1 and 2 (HSV-1 and HSV-2) are highly prevalent worldwide.1 HSV-1 is widespread in the general population, while HSV-2 is usually more prevalent among risk behaviour groups such as men who have sex with men (MSM).2 This epidemiological profile has been changing in the last years with regards to changes in sexual practices such as orogenital or oroanal practices.3 For these reasons, the association of MSM groups with HSV sexual transmission has been rising.

This study evaluated the epidemiological profile of HSV infection among MSM from …

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