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Preventing the Spread of Herpes Simplex Type 1

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The dental team should be knowledgeable about the clinical presentations, distinguishing features, and treatment protocols of this virus to reduce the risk of transmission.

EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES
After reading this course, the participant should be able to:

  1. Define herpes simplex virus type 1 and known risk factors for this infection.
  2. Discuss the clinical presentation, diagnosis, and treatment of this virus.
  3. Describe the role of oral health professionals in preventing the spread of herpetic infections among patients and dental team members.

This course was issued in October 2020 and expires October 2023. The authors have no commercial conflicts of interest to disclose. This 2 credit hour self-study activity is electronically mediated.

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