Providers' knowledge, practices, and barriers related to genital herpes testing for patients With HIV

Lisa Gilbert, Joy Nanda, Jason Farley, Hayley Mark

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This cross-sectional study explored the knowledge, practice, and reported barriers related to genital herpes testing among 102 health care providers who treat people living with HIV in the United States. Twelve percent reported always testing HIV-infected patients for genital herpes, 65% sometimes or usually tested, and 23% rarely or never tested for genital herpes. Seventy-five percent said testing was not standard of care. Providers were more likely to recommend a herpes test if the patient had symptoms (94%) or had a partner with herpes (83%) and were less likely to recommend testing if patients had no partners (60%) or would rather not know (49%). Our work adds to the growing body of literature on herpes simplex virus-HIV coinfection by documenting that (a) providers often do not screen for genital herpes, (b) knowledge of appropriate diagnostic evaluation is limited, and (c) many clinicians report the lack of clear guidelines is a barrier to testing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)327-334
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2010



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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Advanced and Specialized Nursing
  • Medicine(all)

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