Stress reduction treatment of severe recurrent genital herpes virus

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Four individuals with high-frequency recurrences of genital herpes virus of at least 2 years' duration were treated with two behavioral stress-reduction treatments. Subjects were given 10 weekly sessions of frontalis EMG biofeedback (2 subjects) or progressive muscle relaxation treatment (2 subjects). Presession and postsession frontalis EMG measures were recorded for all subjects across treatment. Outcome was measured by daily and weekly symptom charting mailed in weekly over 6 months, or by telephone interview after 6 months. Results demonstrated substantial improvement in reported symptoms with both treatments. Relaxation treatment resulted in a 66% and 100% reduction in frequency of recurrences. Frontalis EMG biofeedback resulted in a 72% and 7% reduction in frequency of recurrences. Follow-up at 1-year posttreatment showed that treatment effects were maintained by one subject, partially maintained by two, and reversed in one subject. The need for controlled investigation is emphasized.

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Correspondence to Cal VanderPlate.

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The authors thank Stephen Ritz for his contribution to this study.

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VanderPlate, C., Kerrick, G. Stress reduction treatment of severe recurrent genital herpes virus. Biofeedback and Self-Regulation 10, 181–188 (1985). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF01000753

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Discriptor Key Words

  • genital herpes
  • recurrences
  • stress reduction
  • EMG biofeedback
  • relaxation training