Patient Support / Advocacy

Auckland H Friends

Auckland H Friends is an online support and social group for those with genital herpes (HSV-1, HSV-2) living throughout the Auckland area. Advice, company and empathy are available from others who can relate within a safe, relaxed environment. Group meet-ups are scheduled on a roughly monthly basis and all are welcome, particularly the newly diagnosed. Click here to find out more about the New Zealand support groups. Or view on the Meetups App at: Auckland H Friends.

NOTE: NZ H Friends support group is independent of, and not endorsed by, STIEF.

International Patient Advocacy:

American Sexual Health Herpes Resources Centre


Sexual Health

Auckland Sexual Health Service
New Zealand Sexual Health Society

General Health

Family Planning Association New Zealand
Medscape's Medpulse - Medical reference site.
New Zealand Dermatological Society

Medical Professionals

New Zealand Guidelines Group


Genital Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is a common virus that is carried by a large percentage of sexually active people. The HPV project has been developed by a group of professionals who are committed to improving the knowledge about and management of sexually transmitted viral infections.

Just The Facts about Sexual Health and STIs

JUST THE FACTS is a consumer-focused online information centre for everything relating to sexual health.

Its primary purpose is to educate and support people about Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), but also provides information on where to go for help, myth-busting, sexual abuse and more.

JUST THE FACTS has been developed in collaboration with the Sexually Transmitted Infections Education Foundation (STIEF) as an initiative funded by the Ministry of Health through collective District Health Boards to educate New Zealanders about STIs.



Useful books include:

Herpes: What it is & How to Cope, by Dr Adrian Mindel and Orla Carney RGN, published by Macdonald Optima, Positive Health Guides.

Managing Herpes. How to Live and Love with a Chronic STD, by Charles Ebel, Herpes Resource Centre. A handbook for people with herpes, their partners and health care providers. $US19.75 (incl shipping and handling) from Asha PO Box 13827 Research Triangle Park N.C. 27709 USA