HIV/AIDS Glossary

Herpesviruses

Synonym(s): Human Herpesviruses

A group of viruses that use DNA as their genetic material. Herpesviruses include herpes simplex viruses 1 and 2 (HSV-1 and -2), varicella-zoster virus (VZV or HHV-3), Epstein-Barr virus (EBV or HHV-4), cytomegalovirus (CMV or HHV-5), human herpesvirus 6 and human herpesvirus 7 (HSV-6 and -7), and Kaposi sarcoma herpesvirus (KSHV or HHV-8).

Related Term(s): Epstein-Barr Virus, Herpes Simplex Virus 1 (HSV-1) Infection, Herpes Simplex Virus 2 (HSV-2) Infection, Kaposi Sarcoma-Associated Herpesvirus, Varicella Zoster Virus

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