McMaster University

Demystifying Medicine
Seminar Series

How Do I even BEGIN to Explain Herpes?

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Everyone has an idea of what herpes is, but not everyone understands how it is transmitted. We hope to spread some info about how this virus is spread! Intended for a younger audience in hopes of increasing awareness of the infection and reducing stigma, this video looks at how the herpes simplex virus is transmitted from one individual to another. The information is presented in the form of cross between a parody of "Mean Girls" and "The Annoying Orange."

— Video by Sandra Yousif, Rana Ghafouri, Ally Di Iorio and Varsha Jayansakar

References

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  • Cunningham, A. L., Diefenbach, R. J., Miranda‐Saksena, M., Bosnjak, L., Kim, M., Jones, C., & Douglas, M. W. (2006). The cycle of human herpes simplex virus infection: virus transport and immune control. The Journal of Infectious Diseases, 194(Supplement_1), S11-S18.
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