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

Academic Article


  • 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.
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  • Roth AM; Dodge BM; van der Pol B; Reece M; Zimet GD
  • Start Page

  • 329
  • End Page

  • 331
  • Volume

  • 22
  • Issue

  • 6