The annual call for new topics in now open
We welcome you to propose a new health condition for a screening programme that is not already considered by the UK NSC.
Please download the form and read the guidance at the end of this link to make a proposal.
The deadline for submissions is 16th December 2018. For more information please see this blog.
 

The UK NSC recommendation on Genital Herpes screening in pregnancy (currently under review)

 

This recommendation is currently being reviewed as part of the UK NSC's regular review cycle of all policies.

The review process began in Jun 2018 and is estimated to be completed by Dec 2018.

Recommendation Systematic population screening programme not recommended
 
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Find general information about population health screening.

More about Genital Herpes

Herpes Simplex virus infection usually occurs on the face causing small blisters which are called 'cold sores'. Cold sores are very common.

Herpes Simplex virus can infect any area of skin, but as it is passed on by direct skin-to-skin contact with friction, it occurs mostly on the face, hands (where it causes Herpetic Whitlows) or, once a person is sexually active, on the genital or anal areas where it is called Genital Herpes Simplex.

» Read more about genital herpes on NHS Choices

Stakeholders

Faculty of Public Health
Herpes Viruses Association
Kit Tarka Foundation
Royal College of General Practitioners
Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
Royal College of Physicians
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

The stakeholder groups will be involved when the recommendation is next reviewed. If you think your organisation should be added, please contact us. More information for stakeholders can be found in appendix C of the UK NSC evidence review process.

Related documents

icon Evaluation of asymtomatic herpes simplex virus type 2 infection against NSC Handbook criteria (2005) (PDF document, 49KB, 27/05/11)
icon Herpes Screening in Pregnancy Sept 2006 (PDF document, 131KB, 12/07/13)

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