The UK NSC recommendation on Genital Herpes screening in pregnancy

Recommendation Systematic population screening programme not recommended
Last review completed July 2006
Next review due in 2013/14
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More about Genital Herpes

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

The 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. Cold sores are extremely common: by the age of twelve years, one quarter of children have contracted the virus, mostly without having any noticeable symptoms.

» Read more about genital herpes on NHS Choices


Faculty of Public Health
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.

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