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What You Get in the Current Magazine

Winter 2017 edition of Sphere

  • Currently there are many vaccines being worked on – we report on six that have reached the stage of being tested on people.  We give more detail on two of these vaccines which are currently being looked at as vaccines to treat genital herpes.  But we warn readers that none of these herpes vaccines has reached the phase 3 stage.  Only then can we start to hope that a it might reach patients (or their partners).
  • You can read comments from people who attended one of our “Moving On Days” – half the members who attended the the event in May are now in a relationship.
  • Why the ‘conspiracy theory’ is wrong
  • What happened to the baby whose face was covered in ‘cold sores’
  • We offer you New Year’s resolutions from our patron Dr Phil Hammond
  • Improve your ‘resilience’, improve your life.
  • How to make aciclovir work (if you don’t think it helps). It’s quite simple if you follow our guidance. Read a summary of treatment – and a reminder of the great melissa cream.
  • Free for men: try ‘Target’ a new melissa serum, we are offering you a free trial.
  • And we always print a personal story – in every magazine.

Go to and give a review of the hospital, the doctor, the clinic who needs a compliment or a piece of ‘constructive criticism’. 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 a recent full magazine here.

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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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