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Herpes genitalis and the philosopher's stance
  1. Kilian Dunphy
  1. West Hertfordshire Sexual Health Directorate, Watford and St Albans Sexual Health Clinics, West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust, Watford, Hertfordshire, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Kilian Dunphy, Watford Sexual Health Centre, Watford General Hospital, Vicarage Rd, Watford, Herts WD18 0HB, UK; kilian.dunphy{at}nhs.net

Abstract

For many people, living with genital herpes generates not just episodic physical discomfort but recurrent emotional distress, centred on concerns about how to live and love safely without passing infection to others. This article considers the evidence on herpes transmission, levels of sexual risk, when the law has intervened and to what extent health professionals should advise with respect to these issues. It proposes a mechanism by which moral philosophy might provide a rational basis on which to counsel concerning sexual behaviour.

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