Genital Herpes Testing Among Persons Living With HIV

Hayley D. Mark, Marguerite Lucea, Joy P. Nanda, Jason E. Farley, Lisa Gilbert

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This cross-sectional survey explored the frequency of genital herpes testing among 110 people living with HIV (PLWH) and reported barriers and facilitators related to testing. Forty-four percent of the respondents had not been tested for genital herpes since receiving an HIV diagnosis, 34% had been tested, and 22% preferred not to say. Respondents' most frequently cited factors affecting a decision to not be tested were: (a) testing not being recommended by a provider, (b) not having herpes symptoms, and (c) not thinking they had herpes. Data from this study indicated that PLWH were not frequently tested for genital herpes; there was a limited understanding of the frequently subclinical nature of infection; and provider recommendations for testing, or lack thereof, affected testing decisions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)354-361
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2011


  • Genital herpes
  • HIV
  • Herpes simplex virus
  • Serological screening

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Advanced and Specialized Nursing


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