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  1. Introduction
  2. Global overview of communicable disease
    1. A priority for the World Health Organization
    2. The problem of some infectious diseases receiving more attention than others
    3. The major global health funding concerns
  3. Herpes simplex virus and public health themes
    1. Types of Herpes simplex virus
    2. Misdiagnosis
  4. Responses to herpes simplex virus
    1. Lack of focus on direct responses
    2. Testing the hypothesis
    3. Counseling for the HSV infected population
  5. Consideration for future HSV responses
    1. The correlation between genital ulcers and HIV
    2. The experimental vaccine found to prevent genital herpes
  6. Conclusion
  7. References

The discipline of public health is a relatively new discipline addressing both old and new problems in all areas of health, including physical and mental. Given the limited funding sources and the endless public health concerns to be addressed, the faces of public health (business/private sector, service/public sector, social/non-profit sector) create quite a political environment when distributing financial support. Furthermore, there are many ideologies that surround the values and projects of global health. One striking idea is that of vaccinologist Maurice Hilleman who believed there should be ?a vaccine for every disease?. Given that declaration, it is of interest to note the status of disease interventions, especially infectious diseases, in current global public health initiatives.

[...] Many social justice issues and global health concerns surround the potential factors of the herpes simplex virus prevalence among women (e.g. Reynolds et al and Roe, 2004). One study in various US cities ?found HSV-2 infections in 36% of women ages 40-49 and nearly 30% of women ages 50-59. In all age groups, more women than men tested positive? (Harvard College p. 6). Another study in India noted that both HSV and HIV acquisition occurred more among women than men (Anuradha et al., 2008). [...]

[...] Recent herpes simplex virus type 2 infection and the risk of human immunodeficiency virus type 1 acquisition in India. Journal of Infectious Diseases, 187(10) Roe, V.A. (2004). Living with genital herpes: How effective is antiviral therapy? Journal of Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing, 206-215. Schacker, T., Zeh, J., Hu, H.L., Hill, J., Corey, L. (1998). Frequency of symptomatic and asymptomatic HSV-2 reactivations among HIV-infected men. The Journal of Infection Diseases 1616?1622. Serwadda, D., Gray, R.H., Sewankambo, N.K., et al. (2003). Human immunodeficiency virus acquisition associated with genital ulcer disease and herpes simplex virus type 2 infection: a nested case-control study in Rakai, Uganda. [...]

[...] Geographic prevalence and multilevel determination of community-level factors associated with herpes simplex virus type 2 infection in Chennai, India. American Journal of Epidemiology, 167(12), 1495-1503. Kritz, S., Brown Jr, L., Goldsmith, R., Bini, E., Robinson, J., Alderson, D., et al. (2008, May). States and substance abuse treatment programs: Funding and guidelines for infection- related services. American Journal of Public Health, 824-826. Lauffer, A. (2005). Fundraising, programming, and community organizing: Working with donors, investors, collaborators, and purchasers. Weil, M. (Ed). The Handbook of Community Practice. [...]

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