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What You Get in the Autumn Magazine

Spring 2022 – Sphere magazine (16 pages in A4 print version, and the e-version is large text single column for easy reading on your phone.)

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Each magazine has pages of research and new facts about herpes simplex treatments and herpes vaccines. In this magazine:

The HVA (that’s us) gets invited to the 100th Anniversary dinner of the British Association of Sexual Health – where we ask doctors if they share our view that antivirals should be available over the counter – rather than by prescription. We also seek their views on herpes simplex related nerve pain.

An up to date overview on in-development herpes vaccines and their types.
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Shingles Awareness Week – the first of its kind. With the Shingles Support Society as our sub charity, we couldn’t ignore this!

An article on our quest for perfection and how it does us no good.

Charity challenges, a creative writing workshop, broccoli as an outbreak preventative and lots more!

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Go to and give a review of the hospital, the doctor, the clinic who needs a compliment or a piece of ‘constructive criticism’. It’s like TrustPilot for the medical profession!

This website has already resulted in better treatment on a children’s ward. It’s a brilliant way for us to comment on sexual health services as you can remain anonymous. When completed, chose HVA as ‘your charity’ and we get 5p. Hey, every little helps!

See articles from past Spheres here.  See an example of the full magazine here.

Back copies of Sphere

You can also order back copies of Sphere.  For instance you can read a talk on the psychology of having herpes simplex given by Dr John Green on “Getting your head around it”.

He made us laugh! A total of ten pages printed in two successive journals. We print an almost verbatim report of his talk including the question and answer session and his views on the (non-issue) of the Crown Prosecution Service’s guidelines on ‘deliberate infection with an STI’.  His attitude was that if he was called as an expert witness, he would use the court to ridicule the idea of attempting to bring a case about this. But he does not expect, ever, to see a person in the dock for transmitting herpes simplex.  He laughed and said something about how you cannot call herpes simplex ‘a serious condition’. His whole talk was very amusing and the report is sprinkled with [LAUGHTER] notes so that readers can feel what it was like to be in the room. (They are in SPHEREs 21/3 and 21/4.)

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