Cincinnati HELP

Support and information about genital herpes

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Who are we?

Cincinnati HELP is a support group for people who have herpes simplex, and those who have questions and concerns about herpes simplex. We offer support and information, and the opportunity to talk with others who share the experience of genital herpes.
Cincinnati HELP is affiliated with the Herpes Resource Center of the American Social Health Association (ASHA). The ASHA Web site contains a wealth of excellent information about herpes simplex.
ASHA also operates the National Herpes Hotline: call (919) 361-8488, Mondays through Fridays between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Eastern time.

In our experience, people newly diagnosed with herpes simplex often know little about it. Or they may have heard more misinformation than truth about the virus. At our support meetings, we regularly answer many questions about herpes.

Everyone who has put off coming to meetings wishes they had come sooner!

Chat rooms, talking on the phone, and emails are fine, but meeting people in person is much better! We are normal people just like you. It is a private setting and very discrete. We will be happy to answer all your questions. Talking to people who know what you are going through really helps!
You do not have to be a member of our HELP Chapter to be welcome at our meetings. We encourage you to attend as often as you like. Meetings are free and open to everyone seeking information and support about herpes simplex. They are also confidential.

Most of our meetings are open group discussion, although occasionally we have a physician or other guest speaker. At meetings, we also have a library of herpes literature available, including pamphlets, brochures, and articles. Anyone who attends the meeting is welcome to take a free copy of any of this literature.

  • March 20, 2018:   7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • April 17, 2018:   7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • May 15, 2018:   7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Our meetings are held at the
Clifton United Methodist Church
3416 Clifton Avenue
(just north of Ludlow Avenue)
Cincinnati, Ohio
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Cincinnati HELP Newsletter

Cincinnati HELP issues a quarterly newsletter containing information about our support group and genital herpes. A copy of the current newsletter is free to everyone who attends our meetings. People who become members of the group may choose to receive our newsletters through the mail or through e-mail. Newsletters are published in January, April, July, and October.

Other Resources

There are many excellent online sources of facts and information about herpes. Unfortunately, there is also much false and misleading information online. Here are a few sites that we regard as accurate and trustworthy.
These links are provided to help you in your search for the facts about herpes. Our own experience with these sites is positive; you may also find them helpful.

Other places of interest

Cincinnati Children's Hospital, Gamble Program for Medical Studies. The Gamble Program is frequently involved in medical research about herpes. They participate in many of the clinical trials on new treatments and vaccines. At times they need qualified volunteers for these studies. For more information, contact them at (513) 636-7699.

Ohio Friends is a social support group for people with herpes and or HPV. There is a HPV and Herpes support group in Columbus, Ohio.