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August Support Group Meeting

This months meeting topic is “The Talk: Wins, Fails & Me Too’s”.

Let’s share stories, tips and advice on how to have a successful disclosure! You won’t leave empty handed- DSMHSV will provide a concise fact sheet with transmission rates, myths about HSV and additional resources to give to potential partners. Can’t wait to see everyone there! 🙂

Meeting is at the Polk County Health Department- 1907 Carpenter Ave, Des Moines, IA 50314


NEW: In-person herpes support group now available in Des Moines Iowa!

Great news! We’ve partnered with the Polk County Health Department to provide an in-person herpes support group. The group will meet regularly; every 3rd Tuesday of the month @ 6pm. Light snacks/beverages will be provided. 😁
The first meeting is Tuesday, July 17th. See address below.
Polk County Health Department
1907 Carpenter Ave, Des Moines, IA 50314

HSV Support Group Flyer

Rates of Sexually Transmitted Diseases Concerning in Polk County

The number of sexually transmitted disease cases is on the rise in Polk County and officials say that is concerning.
More than 1,000 cases of STDs have been reported in 2018 so far, including 15 cases of HIV.

Polk County Health Department Public Information Officer Nola Aigner said the numbers are concerning because rates are consistently going up. She said that is partly because people are getting tested more often and they doing a better job contacting partners.

Aigner said a big concern is gonorrhea. It is becoming antibiotic resistant. “Now there is only one to cure it and it’s showing resistance. So, if we cannot find a new antibiotic to cure gonorrhea, this one may be one that’s no longer curable and that poses a lot of health effects.”

Gonorrhea can lead to infertility in men and women and pelvic inflammatory disease in women.

STDs can have serious health consequences and can be prevented by using a condom. Aigner added STDs are treatable with early diagnosis and treatment.

You can find more information on testing and treatment on the Polk County Health Department’s website.




I’m glad that they regularly track STD’s but who else thinks it’s odd HSV is not tracked??? I suppose it’s because basically everyone has it at this point. It would be nice to have numbers to go with this assumption, though!! I wonder how high the numbers would be…