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The World Health Organization Finds Half the World Has Herpes

A report recently released by the World Health Organization (WHO) shows that more than half the world's population carries the herpes simplex virus, commonly known as oral herpes. Among the findings included in the report are statistics showing that 3.7 billion people under the age of 50 carry the type 1 (HSV-1) virus, which is is primarily transmitted through mouth-to-mouth contact and usually manifests as cold sores.

Yale Celebrates Safe Sex with STI Testing Parties

Yale University is hosting an STI testing party on November 3, from 4 - 7 p.m. The event is intended to encourage students to take a more active role in their sexual health. Organized by Student Wellness and Student Health, it will be co-hosted by five campus Greek organizations. Going forward, Yales's Student Wellness and Student Health groups plan to host two STI testing parties per semester. You can learn more at Yale News.

AIDS Vaccine Undergoes First Human Trials

Back in 1984, Robert Gallo, M.D., a biomedical researcher, discovered that acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) was caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Gallo has since helped develop a vaccine that is intended to cure AIDS and, in the 15 years since it was first developed, it is now poised to undergo its first human trial. Gallo is launching this clinical test in his role as the director of the Institute of Human Virology.  

Sexual Transmission of Ebola Virus Is Shown To Be Possible

According to research conducted by the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, in collaboration with the Liberian Institute for Biomedical Research (LIBR), a suspected case of sexual transmission of the Ebola virus was confirmed using genomic analysis. This work, shared in the New England Journal of Medicine, provides molecular evidence of virus transmission between a disease survivor and his female partner.