News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search


Friendly New Herpes Interface Reassures and Informs

Friendly New Herpes Interface Reassures and Informs

The NZ Herpes Foundation wants you to talk about herpes the same way you might talk about a cold. It’s a virus. That’s all. Chances are you, or someone you know has the herpes virus: 80% of the population does and most people with herpes will not have symptoms so aren’t aware they have it.

This week sees the launch of a revamped website that aims to make information easier to access. This coincides with new information available at pharmacies, the goal of which is to ensure people know what herpes is, how it is spread and how it can be managed.

Counsellor and researcher Dr. Catherine Cook says: “ Most people who have herpes don’t know, it isn’t an infection that you can necessarily avoid getting or passing on, so knowing the facts about herpes is key. The new website will help educate so people know what they’re dealing with and can take appropriate action”.

Genital herpes in particular has long carried a stigma that it’s something passed on by promiscuous people, but anyone who has ever had sex can get genital herpes, and anyone with a facial cold sore can pass it on via oral sex. It’s not about your number of partners, being clean, dirty, good or bad – it’s about being ordinary and sexually active.

The NZ Herpes Foundation wants to break down barriers to talking about herpes openly for a couple of key reasons, one is to educate people on how herpes is spread and the other, to acknowledge that herpes is a part of life for a large number of people, and not something to be ashamed of:

“We need to talk about sex and health so that people can get the information they need. It’s important to normalise herpes so people are empowered to seek help. We need to be thinking, “talking about sexual health is an ordinary part of life”, says Catherine.

The refreshed website is aimed at making it easy to access information in a straightforward format, acknowledging that whilst a herpes diagnosis may be unsettling, it’s far from a life sentence and can easily be managed.

To see the new look website click here:


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Scoop Review Of Books: Worldly And Unworldly

"Being Magdalene" by Fleur Beale The situations shown in this youth novel are shocking, scary, and very moving as we experience Magdalene’s struggle to be a perfect girl as defined by the cruel and unreasonable leader of “The Children of the Faith”, as she moves reluctantly into young womanhood. More>>

Whistle Stop: Netball NZ To Implement New INF Rules

Netball New Zealand (NNZ) will implement the new Official Rules of Netball, as set down by the International Netball Federation (INF), from January 1, 2016. Key changes include the elimination of whistle following a goal, amendments to injury time and changes to setting a penalty. More>>


Scoop Review Of Books: Waiata Aroha

Vaughan Rapatahana on Chappy by Patricia Grace: With this eminently readable novel Patricia Grace returns to the full-length fiction stage after a hiatus of ten years. More>>

'Ithaca' At Q Theatre: Introducing NZ's World Class Cirque Troupe

NZ’s very own cirque troupe is set to become a household name with the premier of its adaptation of Homer’s Odyssey having secured a key season in Auckland. More>>

Music Awards: The Tuis Are Broody This Year

Topping off a sensationally eventful year both at home and internationally, Nelson born brother-sister duo Broods has taken home four Tuis from this year’s 50th annual Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards. More>>


Sport: Richie McCaw Retires From Rugby

Richie McCaw has today confirmed he is hanging up his boots and retiring from professional rugby. The 34-year-old All Blacks captain and most capped All Black of all time has drawn the curtain on his stunning international career which started in Dublin 14 years ago, almost to the day, and ended in London last month when he hoisted the Webb Ellis Cup aloft for the second time. More>>


John McBeth: On Jonah Lomu

For many New Zealanders, the enormity of Jonah Lomu's reputation will have come as a surprise... His deeds were watched and enthused over by movie stars and musicians, politicians and superstars from other codes. He reached into the lives and homes of millions and mixed with famous people most New Zealanders would only have read about. More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news