Table 1

Research priorities set in the 2001 WHO HSV-2 workshop

HSV-2 epidemiologyHSV-2 diagnostics
  • HSV-2 prevalence in South America, Africa, and Asia.

  • Genital ulcer disease aetiology, particularly in STI patients by HIV status and sex.

  • The emergence of aciclovir resistance status in LMICs.

  • Optimal sampling techniques for direct diagnostic methods.

  • Quantification techniques for HSV-2 DNA detection.

  • Development of a rapid diagnostic test for genital herpes diagnosis.

  • Performance of existing serological tests in different African sera.

  • HSV-2, herpes simplex virus type 2; LMICs, low-income and middle-income countries; STI, sexually transmitted infection.