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Resource Guide for Genital Herpes

June 10, 2008 - 7:30am
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American Herpes Foundation (AHF)

(201) 342-4441

Internet address:

Description of services provided:
AHF is dedicated to providing information and clinical education about genital herpes and related diseases. The website offers information for doctors to give to their patients about relevant diseases, features a list of upcoming events relevant to herpes, and provides patients and physicians with links to other websites and organizations that can provide additional information about herpes.

American Social Health Association (ASHA)

P.O. Box 13827
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709-9940

1-800-227-8922 (Resource Center Hotline)

Internet address:

Description of services provided:
ASHA’s website offers a list of frequently asked questions about herpes, provides access to chat rooms for group support, provides lists of relevant events, and offers “News You Can Use” about sexually transmitted diseases. The National Herpes Resource Center is a service of ASHA. The Center provides information, makes referrals, serves as an advocate for national policies, sponsors medical research on herpes, and runs herpes awareness campaigns. The organization also runs a hotline to answer questions specific to herpes diagnosis and treatment, as well as communication between partners and with healthcare providers.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

1600 Clifton RD
Atlanta, GA 30333

1-800-232-4636 (STD Hotline)

Internet address:

Description of services provided:
The CDC is part of the government’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The CDC conducts research, promotes health and prevention of disease—with special emphasis on prevention of early risk factors and support of healthy behaviors. The website provides an A-Z index of medical conditions, with links to additional information. In addition, the CDC runs a National Sexually Transmitted Disease hotline.

International Herpes Management Forum (IHMF)


Internet address:

Description of services provided:
IHMF’s goal is to improve the awareness and understanding of herpes viruses. It also promotes counseling for and management of people with these infections. The website offers information for patients and physicians about herpes viruses, including providing guidelines developed for the management of herpes, access to Herpes —the journal of IHMF, information about treatments, and resources for physicians. The US affiliate is the American Herpes Foundation.

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)

NIAID Office of Communications and Public Liaison
National Institutes of Health
6610 Rockledge Drive, MSC 6612
Bethesda, MD 20892-6612


Internet address:

Description of services provided:
NIAID supports research for allergic and infectious diseases, including genital herpes. The Division of Microbiology & Infectious Diseases offers an informative fact sheet about genital herpes. On the website, you can get news and event information, and updates on research programs.

Last reviewed September 2010 by Lawrence Frisch, MD, MPH

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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