Clinical and virologic efficacy of herpes simplex virus type 2 suppression by acyclovir in a multicontinent clinical trial.

Publication Type:

Journal Article


The Journal of infectious diseases, Volume 201, Issue 8, p.1164-8 (2010)


2010, Acyclovir, Antiviral Agents, Center-Authored Paper, Female, Herpes Genitalis, Herpesvirus 2, Human, HIV Infections, Humans, Male, Peru, South Africa, United States, Vaccine and Infectious Disease Division, Virus Shedding, Zambia, Zimbabwe


Acyclovir suppressive therapy (400 mg twice daily) reduces herpes simplex virus (HSV) type 2-associated genital ulcer disease and lesional HSV shedding. In an international trial of acyclovir for suppression of HSV type 2 to prevent human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) acquisition (HIV Prevention Trials Network 039), acyclovir had a smaller effect on the frequency of genital ulcer disease as well as a smaller effect on the frequency and quantity of lesional HSV DNA in African women and Peruvian men, compared with its effects in men in the United States. The observed regional variation in the clinical and virologic efficacy of acyclovir for HSV suppression warrants further evaluation of determinants of responses to acyclovir. ( identifier: NCT00076232.).