Low acceptance of HSV-2 testing among high-risk women

A. M. Roth, B. M. Dodge, B. van der Pol, M. Reece, G. D. Zimet

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We evaluated the acceptability of a community-based herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2) screening programme for atrisk women and assessed factors related to uptake of point of care HSV-2 testing. One hundred recently arrested women (median age 34 years) were recruited from a community court handling lower-level misdemeanour cases in Indianapolis, Indiana. Individuals completed a survey assessing factors related to HSV-2 screening intentions and were offered point of care HSV-2 testing. Rates of HSV-2 infection in this population are high; 61.1% of women tested were positive. The majority (81%) accepted a prescription for suppressive therapy. Women in this sample indicated that HSV-2 screening is an important component of health care but were unwilling to pay the US$10 it cost to be tested. To encourage this and other high-risk populations to be screened for HSV-2, public health resources will be needed to help individuals overcome cost-related barriers to care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)329-331
Number of pages3
JournalInternational Journal of STD and AIDS
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2011


  • Community court
  • Community-based screening
  • Genital herpes
  • Herpes simplex virus-2
  • Medical decision-making
  • Women's sexual health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Pharmacology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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