[Antibodies against Herpes simplex virus type 2 among pregnant women in Norway]

Tidsskr Nor Laegeforen. 1999 Jun 20;119(16):2323-6.
[Article in Norwegian]


The prevalence of antibodies against herpes simplex virus type 2 (anti-HSV-2) among pregnant women in Norway is not known. To study the prevalence of anti-HSV-2, a random sample of 961 women was drawn from a study population of 35,940 pregnant women in Norway during 1992-94. 27% (256/961) had anti-HSV-2. The prevalence increased with age. 17% of the 20-24-year-olds and 34% of the 35 year-old or older had anti-HSV-2. The presence of antibodies also varied geographically, from 18% in the south to 39% in the north of Norway. Among women with repeated anti-HSV-2 tests during pregnancy, 2.6% of the seronegative women seroconverted (16/623). HSV-2 infection is common among pregnant women in Norway. The public health implications of this infection need to be clarified.

Publication types

  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Antibodies, Viral / analysis*
  • Female
  • Herpes Genitalis / epidemiology*
  • Herpes Genitalis / immunology
  • Herpesvirus 2, Human / immunology*
  • Humans
  • Maternal Age
  • Norway / epidemiology
  • Parity
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Complications, Infectious / epidemiology*
  • Pregnancy Complications, Infectious / immunology
  • Pregnancy Complications, Infectious / virology
  • Prevalence
  • Prospective Studies


  • Antibodies, Viral