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  • Fallopian tubes

  • Tubes on each side of the uterus through which an egg moves from the ovaries to the uterus.

  • Famciclovir (FAMVIR)

  • A prodrug (see) for an acyclovir-like active compound. It has especially high bioavailability (see) and is an approved therapy for shingles. It also is under investigation for herpes simplex-2 (genital herpes).

  • FDA

  • The Food and Drug Administration, an agency of the United States Department of Health and Human Services that regulates the testing of experimental drugs and approves new medical products for marketing based on evidence of safety and efficacy.

  • First episode of herpes

  • The body's first encounter with a particular type of herpes simplex, an event that often produces marked symptoms. There are two types of 'first episodes.' A primary first episode describes the symptoms that appear in the person who has never been infected with either herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) or HSV-2 before. It's sometimes called a 'true primary.'

  • Fomite

  • An object, such as a towel, bicycle seat, or an article of clothing, that is not in itself harmful, but is able to harbor pathogenic microorganisms and thus may serve as an agent of transmission for an infection. Many people think fomites can spread STDs, but there are very few documented cases of fomite transmission of any STD.

  • Fungal Infection

  • A range of distinct diseases caused by fungi. Candidiasis, cryptococcosis and histoplasmosis are examples of AIDS-related fungal infections.

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