Serologic screening for herpes simplex virus among university students: A pilot study

Hayley Mark, Joy P. Nanda, Alain Joffe, Jessica Roberts, Anne Rompalo, Johan Melendez, Jonathan Zenilman

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Abstract

Objective: The authors examined the feasibility of conducting serologic testing for the herpes simplex virus 2 (HSV-2) among university students and assessed the psychosocial impact of an HSV-2 diagnosis. Methods: The authors recruited a convenience sample of 100 students (aged 18-39 years) without a history of genital herpes from 1 university between September 2004 and March 2006. Participants received HSV-2 antibody testing by Focus ELISA and Western Blot assays and completed a questionnaire that addressed psychological functioning. Twentyeight participants completed the questionnaire again at a 3-month follow-up visit. Results: The study revealed (1) low test-reliability in the student population, (2) that positive test results may cause a decline in psychological well-being, and (3) that substantial resources are required to support students with positive HSV-2 results. Conclusions: Test performance, psychological impact, and availability of resources for counseling students with positive diagnoses should be considered before implementing HSV testing programs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)291-296
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of American College Health
Volume57
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2008

Keywords

  • Clinical medicine
  • Mental health
  • Sexually transmitted disease

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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    Mark, H., Nanda, J. P., Joffe, A., Roberts, J., Rompalo, A., Melendez, J., & Zenilman, J. (2008). Serologic screening for herpes simplex virus among university students: A pilot study. Journal of American College Health, 57(3), 291-296. https://doi.org/10.3200/JACH.57.3.291-296