herpesvirus hominis

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, herpes virus (her'pez-vi?rus)
Any virus of the family Herpesviridae. See: Herpesviridae

cercopithecine herpesvirus 1

A virus commonly found in macaques but not in other primates. Humans who handle macaques may be infected by bites or exposure to animal blood or body fluids. Although in macaques the virus causes a herpetic rash, in humans it often produces deadly infections of the brain and meninges.
Synonym: B virus; cercopithecine virus 1

herpesvirus hominis

Herpes simplex virus.

human herpesvirus 1

Abbreviation: HHV1
Herpes simplex virus 1. See: herpes simplex virus

human herpesvirus 2

Abbreviation: HHV2
Herpes simplex virus 2.
See: herpes simplex virus

human herpesvirus 3

Abbreviation: HHV3
Varicella-zoster virus.

human herpesvirus 4

Abbreviation: HHV4
Epstein-Barr virus.

human herpesvirus 5

Abbreviation: HHV5

human herpesvirus 6

A herpesvirus that causes sixth disease and childhood febrile seizures. It causes infections in immunocompromised patients (e.g., patients who have received organ transplants and patients with human immunodeficiency virus infection). Among children, infants between 6 months and 2 years of age are at highest risk for this infection, and asymptomatic or unrecognized infection is probably common. The incubation period is about 5 to 15 days.

human herpesvirus 8

A herpesvirus thought to cause Kaposi's sarcoma. It has also been implicated in the pathogenesis of some lymphomas and lymphomatoid illnesses.
Synonym: Kaposi sarcoma–associated herpesvirus; Kaposi sarcoma herpesvirus
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Patient discussion about herpesvirus hominis

Q. Are cold sores contagious? My boyfriend has cold sores on his mouth. Can I catch it from him? If so, how can I prevent catching it?

A. Cold sores contain the HSV-1 virus, which is the herpes simplex virus . While your boyfriend has cold sores, he should wash his hands often, especially after touching his face. He shouldn't share cups and eating utensils with others since he is very contagious. You should not kiss him or touch the cold sores either, in order not to be infected.

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