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Management of recurrent genital herpes: a survey of UK genitourinary medicine clinics in 2003.
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PMID:  16303073     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
We carried out a survey of all UK genitourinary (GU) medicine clinics, via postal questionnaire, in order to evaluate the current management of recurrent genital herpes (RGH) in the GU medicine setting. Respondents were invited to answer questions regarding various aspects of herpes simplex virus (HSV) management. There was a 62% response rate. Analysis of the returned surveys revealed that the vast majority of clinics (96%) provided drug treatment for RGH, with 81% having a clinic policy for the management of genital herpes (GH). A majority (64%) of clinics had access to some type of counselling or psychological therapy and 47% encouraged collaboration with primary care for follow-up prescribing. Of the clinics providing drug therapy for RGH, 80% used aciclovir alone with smaller numbers having access to aciclovir, famciclovir and valaciclovir. While many clinics are meeting the British Association of Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH) guidelines, improvements can be made to increase the availability of psychological support to patients with HSV and improve links with primary care.
M Hamill; D Goldmeier
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of STD & AIDS     Volume:  16     ISSN:  0956-4624     ISO Abbreviation:  Int J STD AIDS     Publication Date:  2005 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-11-23     Completed Date:  2006-01-05     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9007917     Medline TA:  Int J STD AIDS     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  760-2     Citation Subset:  IM; X    
Department of Genito-urinary Medicine, Jefferiss Wing, St Marys Hospital, London W2 1NY, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Ambulatory Care Facilities*
Antiviral Agents / therapeutic use*
Female Urogenital Diseases
Great Britain
Health Care Surveys*
Herpes Genitalis / drug therapy*,  prevention & control*,  psychology
Herpesvirus 2, Human
Male Urogenital Diseases
Recurrence / prevention & control
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0/Antiviral Agents

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