Ceri Evans, Marian Nicholson, Simon Barton
CE and SB Chelsea and Westmister Hospital , London
MN Chair of Herpes Virus Association, London
In IUSTI guidelines for the clinical management of patients with genital HSV, it is emphasised that distress and anxiety should be addressed by counselling, clear information and support. In the UK, this has been in partnership with a patient support charity, the Herpes Viruses Association.
However, many patients still report stigma and concerns about disclosure of diagnosis as having a major impact on their wellbeing. Clinicians have an important role in reducing stigma by ensuring that the information provided to patients is accurate, in patient friendly language and aimed at the patients' future wellbeing. Specific advice on the value of accurate websites and social media is essential and the role of specialist organisations in this is key. Increased research into reducing the stigma of infectious diseases is required to best design collaborative approaches that improve individual and public health.
34 IUSTI Congress - European Congres on Sexually transmitted Infections and HIV/AIDS
TAMING THE TIDE of STIs & HIV
Bucharest, September 3-5,