What guidelines have been issued on management of herpes simplex virus (HSV) infections?

Updated: Mar 17, 2020
  • Author: Sean P McGregor, DO, PharmD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has released guidelines on expedited partner therapy for chlamydial and gonorrheal sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). [82, 83] While designed to prevent reinfection with chlamydia and gonorrhea, the recommendations can also be applied to other STDs. The ACOG recommendations include the following:

  • Expedited partner therapy to prevent reinfection, with legalization of expedited partner therapy

  • Counsel partners to undergo screening for HIV infection and other STDs

  • Expedited partner therapy contraindicated in cases of suspected abuse or compromised patient safety; pretreatment evaluation for abuse potential recommended

  • Expedited partner therapy medications and protocols based on CDC, state, and/or local guidelines

Guidelines from the CDC on sexually transmitted disease treatment are available. [48]  See 2015 Sexually Transmitted Diseases Treatment Guidelines.


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