A Brief Description about Herpes Simplex Virus

Ryu Yoshimoto*

Department of Virology, Graduate School of Medicine, Nagoya University, Nagoya, Japan

*Corresponding Author:
Ryu Yoshimoto
Department of Virology
Graduate School of Medicine
Nagoya University
Nagoya, Japan
[email protected] met.nagoya-u.ac.jp

Received Date: September 07, 2021; Accepted Date: September 21, 2021; Published Date: September 28, 2021

Citation: Yoshimoto (2021) A Brief Description about Herpes Simplex Virus. J HIV Retrovirus Vol.7 No.2:e004.

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The herpes simplex infection, otherwise called HSV, is a disease that causes herpes. Herpes may show up in different body parts, most often on the genitals or mouth. The herpes simplex infection can be classified into two types which are as follows:

HSV-1: causes oral herpes and mostly effected at the region of mouth blisters and fever blisters around the mouth and the face.

HSV-2: causes genital herpes and mostly affected at the region of genital herpes episodes.

The herpes simplex virus is an infective virus that can be transmitted from one individual to another through direct contact. Youngsters may frequently contract HSV-1 from early contact with an adult who was infected. They then spread the virus by themselves in the future of their lives.

Herpes simplex type 1, which may be passed through oral secretions or sores on the skin, can be spread through sharing objects such as toothbrushes or eating utensils. In general, a person can only get herpes type 2 infections during sexual contact with someone who has a genital HSV-2 infection. It is important to know that both HSV-1 and HSV-2 can be spread even whether the wounds are present or absent which means whether visible or not.

Pregnant women with genital herpes should consult the respective doctor, as genital herpes may be passed on to the baby during childbirth.

For many people with the herpes virus, which can go through times of being torpid, assaults (or episodes) can be affected by the following conditions:

General illness


Physical or emotional stress

Immunosuppression due to AIDS or such medications as chemotherapy or steroids

Trauma to the affected area, including sexual activity


A large number of the individuals who are contaminated never foster manifestations. Manifestations, when exists, watery rankles for the skin or mucous films of the mouth, lips, nose, or privates, or eyes (Ocular herpes). Sores redevelop with a scab normal for herpetic infection. At times, the infections cause gentle or abnormal indications during flare-ups. In any case, they may likewise cause more inconvenient types of herpes simplex. As neurotropic and neuroinvasive infections, HSV-1 and - 2 continue in the body, by stowing away from the insusceptible framework in the cell groups of neurons, after the underlying or essential contamination, some tainted individuals experience irregular scenes of viral reactivation or flare-ups. In an episode, the infection in a nerve cell becomes dynamic and is transmitted through the neuron's axon to the skin, where infection replication and shedding will happen and cause new bruises.

The introduction of the Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) into cells relies on various cell surface receptors and different proteins on the outer layer of the virion. The cell surface receptors involve heparan sulfate chains on cell surface proteoglycans, an individual from the Tumor Necrosis Factor (TNF) receptor family and, two individuals from the immunoglobulin homolog identified with the poliovirus receptor. The HSV ligands for these receptors are the envelope glycoproteins GB and GC for heparan sulfate and gD for the protein receptors and explicit location in heparan sulfate produced by specific 3-O-sulfotransferases. HSV GC additionally binds to the C3b element of complement and can impede complement-mediated neutralization of virus. The objective behind this is, to sum up, accessible data about these cell surface receptors and the viral ligands, GC, and gD, and to examine the roles of these viral glycoproteins in immune evasion and cellular responses in the viral introduction.

In an event, a dermatologist may often diagnose herpes simplex by observing the sores. To confirm that a patient has herpes simplex, a dermatologist may take a swab from a sore and send this swab to a laboratory. In case of the absence of the sores, other medical tests, such as blood tests, may detect the herpes simplex virus.

Treatment usually involves the general objective of antiviral drugs that interfere with viral replication, diminish the actual seriousness of flare-up related sores, and lower the shot at transmission to other people. The medicaments that can be used to treat this condition are aciclovir, valaciclovir, etc. The broad utilization of herpetic drugs has prompted the improvement of medication obstruction.

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