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Herpes Viruses Association
Herpes Viruses Association
REGISTERED NAME
THE HERPES VIRUSES ASSOCIATION
REGISTERED NUMBER
291657
ORGANISATION TYPE
Charity Commission England and Wales
YEAR OF REGISTRATION
1985
Last Updated:
19.01.2021

£136k

Turnover

2

Employees

4

Volunteers

Organisation Overview

Areas of Interest

  • Health & wellbeing

Our History

  • We were formed in 1985, by patients, to counter the stigma surrounding the word "herpes". Through the website, email answers, non-profit helpline and Facebook messaging, we supply the facts in a non-judgmental way. The psycho-sexual burden that the word places on the newly diagnosed can only be helped with carefully worded and accurate information.

Areas of Operation

  • United Kingdom

Beneficiaries

  • Adults

    People with a virus from the herpes family: cold sores, genital herpes, chickenpox/shingles, glandular fever and others.

Our Vision for a better future

  • To see cold sores on the genitals regarded as less important that cold sores on the face. This statement is medical true. However once a stigma is created it is hard to eradicate. Jokes about and stigmatising references are used by careless comedians, sketch writers, etc. The stigma means that no one will tackle them for fear of 'outing' themselves

Our goals to make a difference

  • To react with tact and fact to any comedian who mentions the word herpes in a bad joke.

  • To raise awareness our charity exists and the help we can offer, so that people find us immediately.

  • Get funding for a 'training card' to staff at sexual health clinics to help them counsel new patient

  • To raise more funds as this is so hard for a non-cuddly cause like ours!

  • To recruit more volunteers to answer the helpline.

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