Herpes: Common and Sometimes Dangerous - CMEZ410

Herpes: Common and Sometimes Dangerous

by Beth R. Wallace, MPH, CIC
(4.8 / 45 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Medicine (1.00 Credits)
Physician (1.00 Credits)

Price: $15.00
CE-PRO Price: $7.50


The herpes viruses are endemic worldwide. About 90% to 95% of humans become infected with herpes simplex virus (HSV) during their life spans. Two strains of HSV exist: HSV-1 and HSV-2. Traditionally, HSV-1 has been responsible for about 80% of herpes virus infections above the waist (e.g., herpetic lesions of the lips, face, and mouth) and 20% of genital infections. The reverse has been true for HSV-2, which causes 80% of herpes virus infections below the waist (i.e., Herpes genitalis) and 20% of oral infections. However, the traditional HSV-1/HSV-2 ratio seems to be changing in younger women. Several recent studies in the United States show that HSV-1 oral herpes may be responsible for up to more than 40% of genital herpes among younger patients. 


The purpose of this program is to provide healthcare providers with up-to-date information on HSV infections and the role of asymptomatic shedding in their transmission. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Describe the clinical presentations of HSV-1 and HSV-2 infections.
  • Explain the role of asymptomatic shedding in the transmission of HSV.
  • Discuss two ways that an infection with HSV-2 can increase the risk of acquiring HIV.

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses and physicians.
Physicians: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
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OnCourse Learning is also approved by the Florida Board of Medicine, Florida Board of Osteopathic Medicine, and Florida Physician Assistants (provider # FBN 50-1489).
Physician Continuing Education Credit
OnCourse Learning designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Physician Assistant Continuing Education Credit
American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 1.0 hour of Category I credit for completing this program.
There is no commercial support provided for this online educational activity.

Course Originally Released on: 8/22/2012
Date of Most Recent Review: 10/22/2019
Course Termination/Update Date: 10/22/2022

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

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Jessika G - Palm Coast, FL  ·  Nov 09, 2019
To the point, great statistics that I was unaware of
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Robyn M - tampa, FL  ·  May 20, 2019
excellent review on HSV1 and II
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Lynn H - tampa, FL  ·  Feb 15, 2019
ok course to take today
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William M - Naples, FL  ·  Dec 27, 2018
Concise and well presented.
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Vincent A - Middle Village, NY  ·  Sep 27, 2018
good info. clarified a lot of myths about the disease.
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