Publications on Herpes

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ASHA offers an extensive assortment of award-winning publications about herpes. Clients for ASHA's materials include individuals as well as private health providers, public health departments and clinics, STD clinics, and high school and college health centers.

For individuals

The Helper: Published since 1979, The Helper is ASHA's award-winning herpes newsletter. The Helper provides the latest information on treatment options, vaccine development, HSV research, vaccine development, and other news in the field of sexually transmitted infections. The Helper also offers features that address the social and emotional aspects of herpes, from relationships and dating to local support groups and online resources.

Previously available by subscription only, The Helper is now accessible in a free online format. You may subscribe to a feed of the site if you choose.


Managing Herpes: Living & Loving with HSV
Charles Ebel and Anna Wald, MD, MPH

Managing Herpes is an essential resource for anyone dealing with genital herpes. This well researched and recently updated edition provides a balanced, reassuring perspective on the medical and emotional issues surrounding genital herpes. The nineteen chapter volume covers treatment options, transmission, pregnancy, telling your partner, impact on sexuality, longterm relationships, vaccine research, and much more. The latest edition of Managing Herpes is available from ASHA for only $21.95.

When a person is newly diagnosed, they can become overwhelmed with misleading information. Managing Herpes provides a clear overview of the herpes virus, the risks, the treatment options and preventative measures. If you are looking for a resource that explains herpes, this is it!"
--Edward W. Hook, III, MD


Understanding Herpes: Written primarily for the newly diagnosed patient, Understanding Herpes covers all the basics on herpes simplex virus (HSV) infection. This 16-page booklet explains in clear and simple language how herpes is transmitted, symptoms of herpes, treatment options, and how to deal with the social and psychological issues that may surround a herpes diagnosis. Understanding Herpes is also an important resource for health care providers who want more information about the complex issues surrounding HSV.

If you are looking for a concise and informative introduction to herpes, Understanding Herpes is for you. It is currently avilable for the sale price of $2.95 at ASHA's online store.



Herpes Info Pack:
The Herpes Info Pack is a collection of ASHA materials on all aspects of herpes. The Info Pack includes a collection of some of ASHA’s most popular brochures, as well as the 16-page booklet Understanding Herpes (see a full description of this booklet above).

Three brochures are included in the Herpes Info Pack are: Herpes, Questions and Answers, covering basic FAQs about herpes infection,Herpes, What's True and What's False, addressing common myths and misconceptions about herpes, and How to Talk to Your Partner about Herpes, offering straightforward advice on communicating with your partner about genital herpes.

The Herpes Info Pack is available for only $6.00 from ASHA's online store.

For organizations

Herpes Testing Toolkit: An essential resource for any health professional, the Herpes Testing Toolkit offers a comprehensive overview of herpes testing. Developed by the Herpes Resource Center and reviewed by leading experts in the field, this 16-page guide explains the increasing role of type-specific herpes serologic assays, presents clinical scenarios in which serologic testing may be beneficial, and reviews key factors in a differential diagnosis for genital herpes.

The Herpes Testing Toolkit is available for only $2.95. Note:This product is sold as a PDF download.


Questions and Answers about Herpes: This brochure covers all the essential information a newly-diagnosed patient would need, addressing topics including transmission, symptoms, treatment, and prevention in clear and simple language. Questions and Answers About Herpes is sold shrink wrapped in bundles of 50 for $17.50, with discounts starting at orders of just 2 packs (100 brochures). This brochure is also available in Spanish, under the title Preguntas y Respuestas sobre el Herpes.


Herpes and Pregnancy: This brochure explains offers reassuring and practical advice to expectant moms concerned about genital herpes. Herpes and Pregnancy puts the rare, but serious, infection neonatal herpes in perspective, and provides clear and straightforward information about pregnancy and delivery. Includes information for women with herpes and women with partners who have herpes.


Talking About Herpes: In a relationship where one partner has genital herpes, talking about the virus can be difficult.Talking About Herpes offers clear advice about opening the lines of communication so that decisions for partners can be made together. An excellent resource for the newly diagnosed patient.

To see our full range of patient education materials on herpes, please visit the ASHA online store. You'll find additional materials on STDs, including posters appropriate for clinic offices, as well.