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While scientific knowledge about genital herpes has progressed, public attitudes seem slower to evolve. The stigma surrounding what essentially is a very common skin condition persists. This means some people initially diagnosed with herpes may experience shock, anger and distress. Once a person has been educated about the virus and has lived with the infection for some time they are likely to have a different emotional outlook.
We aim to dispel the myths, ignorance and stigma which society, both lay and professional, perpetuates.
In New Zealand, 26.8% of women and 17.3% of men, by age 38, have genital herpes in NZ (Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development cohort study). Eighty percent of these people do not know they have the virus as they have no symptoms or such mild symptoms they are never recognised or diagnosed. However, with or without symptoms people who are infected can shed the virus from time to time and potentially infect a partner.
In 1994 The Auckland Herpes Support Group with the help of health and medical professionals established the Foundation in response to the need to provide accurate up to date information, support, and understanding to people diagnosed with genital herpes.
We are funded by New Zealand District Health Boards and supported by an endowment left to the New Zealand Herpes Foundation in 2006. The Foundation sits under the umbrella of the Sexually Transmitted Infections Education Foundation (STIEF) which provides governance and project management support.
Many people have found being able to meet others in the same situation and to share experiences is both supportive and normalising. Support group meetings, in conjunction with health professionals, also provide ongoing education.
The Foundation can put you in touch with your local support group.
The Foundation is comprised of the following Trustees:
The STIEF Board of Directors is comprised of seven people representing those with herpes and health (and other) professionals who support them.
A Professional Advisory Group (PAG) has been appointed to support the NZHF Trustees and the STIEF Board of Directors by way of providing independent advice, review and update of the clinical guidelines on the medical management of herpes.
Professional Advisory Group Members
This website is brought to you by the Sexually Transmitted Infections Education Foundation (STIEF) - an initiative funded by the Ministry of Health through collective District Health Boards (20) to educate New Zealanders about STIs. District Health Boards (DHBs) are responsible for providing or funding the provision of health services in their district.
The medical information in this website is based on the STIEF Guidelines for the Management of Genital Herpes in New Zealand. The New Zealand Ministry of Health supports the use of these clinical guidelines, developed by clinical experts and professional associations to guide clinical care in New Zealand.
The Guidelines are a consensus opinion of the STIEF Professional Advisory Group (PAG). The PAG has representation from nationwide medical, nursing and allied disciplines involved in the management of STIs. The Guidelines are produced by considering available literature, both New Zealand wide and international, and by basing the medical recommendations on the evidence in the literature or reasonable supposition and opinions of medical experts.
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