Yes – Even Then: Herpes Simplex 2
“It is not possible to identify with certainty the study that first demonstrated the venereal nature of HSV-2 infections in man. In his classical description of genital herpes, published in 1736, Jean Astruc not only classified the condition as a venereal disease but also noted its increased frequency among practicing homosexuals (36).”
Human Cervical Cancer as a Venereal Disease (Irving I. Kessler 1976)
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