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What You Get in the Current Magazine

Spring-Summer 2018 – Sphere magazine (18 pages in print version)

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  • New drug research – $8.9 dollar grant – and how a shingles vaccine might help with a herpes simplex vaccine
  • ‘Fake news’ you can ignore.
  • Sign the campaign to get all medical trials reported to the public. It is not fair to the volunteers who take part when they don’t find out what the result was…
  • General health and psychology issues:
  • Plausible deniabilty – Emma Norris gives her view on ‘to tell or not to tell’…
  • Come to next ‘first day of the rest of your life’ – Sophie tells us what she found so helpful when she came. It’s on 19th May. Sign up!
  • Interesting tales from the HVA office
  • Join the committee (be a trustee) – yes, you!
  • Buy Target lotion at half price
  • And we have the second/final part of My Story from Robert

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 an example of the 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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