Epidemiology of herpes simplex virus type 2 infections in a high-risk adolescent population

J Adolesc Health. 1996 Jun;18(6):384-6. doi: 10.1016/1054-139X(96)00019-5.


The seroprevalence of infection with type 2 herpes simplex virus (HSV-2) was determined in 135 adolescents detained in a juvenile detention facility. A total of 16% of enrollees were seropositive for HSV-2. Age of onset of sexual intercourse, number of lifetime partners, frequency of condom use, and history of sexually transmitted diseases did not predict HSV-2 seropositivity.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • California / epidemiology
  • Cohort Studies
  • Comorbidity
  • Female
  • Herpes Genitalis / epidemiology*
  • Humans
  • Juvenile Delinquency / statistics & numerical data
  • Male
  • Prevalence
  • Risk Factors
  • Serologic Tests
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases / epidemiology