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  1. Glenys Hughes
  1. ghughes@bmjgroup.com

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    In the first nationwide survey outside the United States carried out in Australia in 1999–2000, 1000 Australian adults were tested for herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV-1) and 4000 for HSV-2. Seroprevalence for HSV-2 was 12%; in women it was 16% compared with 8% in men. Rural populations had a lower prevalence (9%) than metropolitan (13%), and Indigenous populations had a higher prevalence (18%) than non-Indigenous (12%). The seroprevalence of HSV-1 was 76%, with significant differences by age group, sex and Indigenous state. As HSV is a risk factor for HIV transmission these data will allow planning for combating HIV transmission in high prevalence populations, and, with high prevalence of HSV-1, the future use of genital herpes vaccines. (

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