The UK NSC recommendation on Genital Herpes screening in pregnancy

Recommendation Systematic population screening programme not recommended
Last review completed October 2018
Next review due in 2021/22
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Find general information about population health screening.

More about Genital Herpes

Herpes simplex virus (HSV) 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.

Read more about genital herpes on NHS UK

Read more about neonatal herpes on NHS UK


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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