How does the body defend against herpes simplex virus (HSV)?

Updated: Mar 01, 2018
  • Author: Folusakin O Ayoade, MD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Cellular immunity is an important defense against herpes simplex. Dissemination of herpes simplex infection can occur in people with impaired T-cell immunity, such as in organ transplant recipients and in individuals with AIDS. Herpes simplex infection can also complicate burn wounds or damaged skin such as in atopic dermatitis or other allergic dermatoses.


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