What education about herpes simplex encephalitis (HSE) should patients receive?

Updated: Jul 17, 2018
  • Author: Wayne E Anderson, DO, FAHS, FAAN; Chief Editor: Niranjan N Singh, MBBS, MD, DM, FAHS, FAANEM  more...
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The belief that HSV-2 lesions appear initially 2 wk after primary infection can lead to false accusations of infidelity. The physician should emphasize that the initial outbreak of lesions may occur at any time after infection, possibly even years later.

Education may help reduce the spread of HSV-2.

For patient education resources, see the Oral Health Center and the Brain & Nervous System Center, as well as Oral Herpes, Cold Sores, and Encephalitis.


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