Human Herpesvirus: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

Human Herpesvirus

Introduction to human herpesviruses:

Gifts that last a lifetime…

What is human herpesviruses?

Human herpesviruses are a family of viruses that cause important childhood illnesses. One feature they all share in common is their ability to cause dormant infections that stay in infected children for the rest of their lives. Sometimes these dormant infections can flare up and cause symptoms over time.
Human herpesvirus 1: herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) (oral)
Human herpesvirus 2: herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2) (genital)
Human herpesvirus 3: cytomegalovirus (CMV)
Human herpesvirus 4: varicella-zoster virus (VZV) (chickenpox, shingles)
Human herpesvirus 5: Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) (infectious mononucleosis)
Human herpesvirus 6: (HHV-6) (roseola)
Human herpesvirus 7: (HHV-7) (roseola)
Human herpesvirus 8: (HHV-8) (Kaposi sarcoma)

Related A-to-Z Information:

Chickenpox (Varicella), CMV (Cytomegalovirus), Herpes Simplex, Mononucleosis (Mono), Roseola

Reviewed by: Khanh-Van Le-Bucklin, Rebecca Hicks
Last reviewed: January 07, 2014
Dr. Alan Greene

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Dr. Greene is the founder of DrGreene.com (cited by the AMA as “the pioneer physician Web site”), a practicing pediatrician, father of four, & author of Raising Baby Green & Feeding Baby Green. He appears frequently in the media including such venues as the The New York Times, the TODAY Show, Good Morning America, & the Dr. Oz Show.