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Herpes simplex virus type 1 genital herpes in young women: current trend in Northern Finland
  1. Hanna Tuokko1,
  2. Risto Bloigu2,
  3. Veijo Hukkanen3,4
  1. 1 Department of Microbiology, University Central Hospital of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
  2. 2 Medical Informatics and Statistics Research Group, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
  3. 3 Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
  4. 4 Department of Virology, University of Turku, Turku, Finland
  1. Correspondence to Professor Veijo Hukkanen, Department of Virology, University of Turku, Kiinamyllynkatu 13, FIN-20520 Turku 20520, Finland; veijo.hukkanen{at}

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Herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) has become more common as the cause of genital herpes (GH), particularly in young women.1–4 It is not well known whether the trend is general or whether it occurs mainly in urban environments. We aimed at elucidating the role of HSV-1 in GH in the sparsely populated Northern Finland using virological samples from genital HSV infections from various local clinics.

The study involved 400 HSV-positive genital viral culture samples collected during the years 1991–2010. The samples …

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  • Contributors HT and VH collaborated in design and performing of the study, in data analysis and in writing of the manuscript. RB performed the statistical analyses.

  • Competing interests None.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.