More than 20 years ago, a doctor conducted a virus isolation study in the prostate fluid of 12 patients with acute prostatitis. As a result, herpes simplex virus was isolated in 2 cases; However, isolation of the virus from patients with chronic prostatitis has not been successful.
In recent years, with the progress of clinical testing and in-depth research on prostate etiology, doctors have conducted further research on the virus isolation of chronic prostatitis, and made certain progress. In 1998, a research report from Zhejiang People's Hospital of China showed that the hospital used polymerase chain reaction technology to detect herpes simplex type II in prostate fluid from 74 patients with chronic non bacterial prostatitis, and the positive rate was 16.2%. The control group was negative, further confirming that the virus is one of the important causes of non bacterial prostatitis. The research report also pointed out that, given the multiple subtypes of herpes simplex virus, their research only detected one subtype of herpes simplex virus type II, while other viruses were not included in the examination. Therefore, it is speculated that the rate of viral prostatitis is much higher than 16.2%. This suggests that clinicians should pay more attention to the research on the diagnosis and treatment of viral prostatitis, and also cautions that some patients with non bacterial prostatitis who have poor efficacy should consider the possibility of viral infection.
Due to the difficulty of virus isolation, clinical examination and research are limited. Therefore, there is currently a lack of experience and data on the pathology, symptoms, and diagnosis of viral prostatitis, and further clinical research is still needed.