What are the racial predilections in prevalence of herpes simplex virus (HSV) infection?

Updated: Mar 17, 2020
  • Author: Sean P McGregor, DO, PharmD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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The seroprevalence of HSV-2 in the United States is approximately three-fold higher in non-Hispanic blacks as compared with non-Hispanic whites. [8] Seroprevalence is highest among older non-Hispanic blacks, affecting approximately 56% of patients aged 30-49 years. [8] In contrast, the seroprevalence of HSV-1 in patients aged 14-19 years has declined from 55.7% (between 1999 and 2004) to 39.6% (between 2005 and 2010) in the non-Hispanic black population, but it has remained stable, at approximately 58%, in the Mexican American population. [7] Additionally, the seroprevalence of HSV-1 in foreign-born patients in the United States is higher than in patients born in the United States [7]

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