Covid-19 Update

Covid-19 Update: We're open for a range of services during the Level 4 lockdown. Use the Ask for an Appointment to get a phone appointment with us during this time. 

We will be able to help with: emergency contraception prescriptions, contraceptive pill repeats (and some contraceptive pill starts) and abortion information.

If you are due for your depo provera jab or for your implant to be changed, we will give you a prescription for the pill until we're able to do face-to-face appointments again. 

If you have an appointment booked with us in the next month, we will be in touch with you to reschedule.

Due to infection control requirements we are unable to provide any face-to-face consultations in our clinics during the lockdown.

Schools, principals and teachers: Our Navigating the Journey sexuality education resources are available for just $25 (that's half-price) for the school holidays. Our resource shop is closed for the duration of the lockdown but these e-resources are available for purchase. 

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Genital Herpes

Genital herpes is a sexually transmissible infection (STI). This page outlines the symptoms and the ongoing management of genital herpes.

What is it?

Genital herpes is an infection on the genitals caused by the herpes simplex virus. This is the same virus that causes cold sores around the mouth.

How do you get it?

You can get genital herpes through close skin contact with someone who has the virus.

It can also be transmitted from mother to baby/pēpe. If during late pregnancy an ulcer or blister is present, a decision may be made about a caesarean delivery of the baby.

What are the symptoms?

The first attack of genital herpes may be the worst with painful blisters, ulcers or sores. Most people have no symptoms.

You are most infectious just before you get a sore, with the sore and just afterwards, however people can spread the virus when they have no symptoms.

How is it treated?

Genital herpes is treated with an anti-herpes medication. These tablets shorten the attack. If you get lots of recurrences (more than six a year) you can take tablets all the time and this helps to prevent recurrence.

Will it impact my partner/s?

Partners can catch the virus even when there are no symptoms. Using condoms/pukoro ure or oral dams when a person has symptoms will help reduce the risk of spreading the infection.

More information

For information on genital herpes contact the New Zealand Herpes Foundation on 0508 11 12 13 or www.herpes.org.nz

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