Herpes Simplex Advisory Panel SIG

The Herpes Simplex Advisory Panel was established in 1994. It comprises genitourinary physicians, virologists, general practitioners, nurses, and a patient representative. There are up to three meetings a year and the Panel hosts an open annual educational seminar.
The objectives of the Panel are:
  • promote best practice in clinical diagnosis and management of genital herpes
  • optimise public and professional awareness and understanding of genital herpes
  • develop and update evidence based health policy and guidelines on genital herpes
  • ensure that strategic policy-making on sexual health is informed by clear information about evolving issues concerning genital herpes
  • define and promote research priorities in the context of genital herpes
  • encourage best practice in all aspects of the management of genital herpes
Membership of the Panel (at 01/1/08)
  • Dr John Green (Chairman)
  • Dr George Kinghorn
  • Dr Simon Barton,
  • Ms Jane Bickford (Nursing representative),
  • Dr David Brown, Dr Frances Cowan,
  • Dr Anna-Maria Geretti,
  • Ms Marian Nicholson (Community representative),
  • Dr Raj Patel (co-chair)
  • Dr Nigel O'Farrell

Vacancies on the Panel currently exist following the resignations of Drs James Hickling (Primary Care representative), Pat Munday, Paul Woolley, and Derek Timmins who all gave enthusiastic participation for several years.

Enquiries to:

Dr John Green via BASHH secretariat
E-mail: admin@bashh.org

Recent activities
  • Preparing revised UK specialist national guidelines on the management of genital herpes (2004-5)
  • Commenting on European guidelines and national guidelines for General Practitioners (Prodigy project) in the UK.
  • Preparing Cochrane protocols
  • Evaluating commercially available type -specific serological tests.
  • Surveying practitioners on their use of diagnostic tests
  • Preparation for BASHH Ordinary General Meeting on 25 February 2005 "HSV and HIV interactions"
List of publications
  1. Herpes Simplex Advisory Panel. Sharing care in genital herpes- new guidelines for the GP/GUM interface. British Journal of Sexual Medicine 1996; 15: 13-15.
  2. Barton SE, Munday PE, Patel RJ. Asymptomatic shedding of herpes simplex virus from the genital tract: uncertainty and its consequences for patient management. International Journal of STD and AIDS 1996; 4: 229-232.
  3. Scoular A, Barton S. Therapy for genital herpes in immunocompromised patients: a national survey. Genitourinary medicine 1997; 73: 391-3.
  4. Patel R, Cowan FM, Barton SE. Advising patients with genital herpes. BMJ 1997; 314: 85-6.
  5. Cowan FM, Munday P. Guidelines for the management of herpes simplex virus infection in pregnancy. Sexually Transmitted Infections 1998; 74: 93-4.
  6. Smith JR, Cowan FM, Munday PE. The management of herpes simplex virus infection in pregnancy. British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology 1998; 105: 255-60.
  7. Clinical Effectiveness Group. National guideline for the management of genital herpes. Sexually Transmitted Infections 1999: 75 (Suppl 1) S24-8.
  8. Kinghorn G, Scoular A. British Co-operative Clinical Group national survey on diagnostic issues surrounding genital herpes. Sexually Transmitted Infections 1999; 75: 403-5.
  9. Patel R, Barton SE, Brown D, Cowan FM, Kinghorn GR, Munday PE, Scoular A, Timmins D, Whittaker M, Woolley P; Herpes Simplex Virus Special Interest Group of the Medical Society for the Study of Venereal Diseases, United Kingdom; European Branch of the International Union against Sexually Transmitted Infection and the European Office of the World Health Organization. European guideline for the management of genital herpes. Int J STD AIDS. 2001 Oct;12 Suppl 3:34-9.
  10. Clinical Effectiveness Group. 2002 national guideline for the management of genital herpes. Revised UK national guidelines on sexually transmitted infect ions and closely related conditions 2002. Sex Transm Infect 2002;78:81-2
  11. Clinical Effectiveness Group. 2004 National Guideline on the Sexual Health of People with HIV: Sexually Transmitted Infections. (In Press)