Psychosocial aspects of genital herpes: a review of the literature

Public Health Nurs. 1990 Jun;7(2):96-104. doi: 10.1111/j.1525-1446.1990.tb00618.x.


Understanding the psychosocial aspects of genital herpes will enable community health nurses to be aware of the range of responses by young adults to the disease and of interventions suggested by research. Reviewed are the epidemiology of genital herpes infection; the knowledge, attitudes, and behavior related to it; the psychosocial consequences of and techniques for coping and adaptation to living with the disease; responses to treatment; and implications for community health nursing.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological*
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Community Health Nursing / methods*
  • Female
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Herpes Genitalis / epidemiology
  • Herpes Genitalis / nursing
  • Herpes Genitalis / psychology*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Recurrence