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Herpes simplex virus 2 infection in women attending an antenatal clinic in Fuzhou, China
  1. Xiang-Sheng Chen1,
  2. Yue-Ping Yin1,
  3. Lei-Ping Chen2,
  4. Yan-Hua Yu1,
  5. Wan-Hui Wei1,
  6. Nguyen Thi Thanh Thuy3,
  7. Jennifer S Smith4
  1. 1National Center for STD Control, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences & Peking Union Medical College Institute of Dermatology, Nanjing, China
  2. 2Fujian Maternal and Child Hospital, Fuzhou, China
  3. 3World Health Organization Western Pacific Region, Manila, Philippines
  4. 4School of Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, USA
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr Xiang-Sheng Chen
 National Center for STD Control, 12 Jiangwangmiao Street, Nanjing 210042, China; chenxs{at}


Genital herpes caused by herpes simplex virus (HSV) infection is one of the most prevalent sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and the most common cause of genital ulcer disease (GUD) in developed and developing countries. The monitoring of HSV-2 seroprevalence in pregnant women can identify women at a higher risk of HIV and of neonatal HSV transmission. Very few data are available on type specific seroprevalence of HSV-2 in China, with only one previous study from southern China. Consequently, we conducted a survey to determine type specific seroprevalence of HSV-2 and associated risk factors in Fuzhou City, eastern China.

  • GUD, genital ulcer disease
  • HSV, herpes simplex virus
  • STIs, sexually transmitted infections
  • herpes simplex virus
  • genital ulcer disease
  • China
  • pregnant women

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