Friday, May 18, 2007

Clinical Review: Management of genital herpes

A review in the BMJ looks at the management of genital herpes using the latest evidence based guidelines from the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and other expert committees.

The following questions are addressed:

  • What causes genital herpes and how is infection acquired?
  • What is the prevalence of genital herpes in the UK and worldwide?
  • How do patients present?
  • How do I make a diagnosis of genital herpes?
  • How do I manage patients with genital herpes?
  • How do I manage patients with asymptomatic HSV infection?
  • What are the important points to discuss when counselling patients?
  • How do I manage genital herpes in a pregnant woman?
  • What is the interaction between genital HSV-2 and HIV?
  • How do I manage genital herpes in HIV positive or immunocompromised patients?
  • What about a vaccine?

BMJ 2007; 334:1048-52 (link to extract)

1 comment:

Ariel said...

Thank you for the post. We really need to be careful all the time. I am diagnose with herpes, it was so uncomfortable the blisters and not to mention the pain. Good thing I have Zovirax stocked on my cabinet. It lessens the discomfort and stops the infection from spreading or worsening. Plus it is safe to take even when pregnant. And when breastfeeding do not take this drug! You can see the complete drug info and other meds at http://medsheaven.com/index.html