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School Health Reference Guide

COMMUNICABLE DISEASE

The Region of Peel School Health Reference Guide is a supplementary resource to relevant Peel and Dufferin-Peel school board policies. Refer to school board policy first if you have questions or concerns.

Childhood Diseases and Illnesses

Herpes Simplex Type 2 (HSV2, Genital Herpes)
Description/Symptoms
  • Caused by a virus.
  • Symptoms include blister(s) in and around the genital area, pain in the genital or anal area, pain during urination, flu-like feelings, swelling in the lymph nodes of the groin, genital itchiness with or without sores.
  • Spread by direct skin-to-skin contact, vaginal, anal and/or oral sex, mouth-to-mouth contact, mother to child transmission during vaginal delivery.
  • Spread most often while sores are present or just before an outbreak (person will feel it coming on – itching, irritation and/or tingling in genitals), but can be spread without any symptoms (called asymptomatic shedding).
  • Once infected, a person becomes a carrier for life — the herpes virus remains in the body in the nerve cells near the spine. Outbreaks occur 4-5 times per year on average.
Instructions for Schools
  • Does not need to be reported to Peel Public Health.
  • Remember to protect the confidentiality of the student by not disclosing a diagnosis to concerned parents and/or colleagues. If contact follow-up of those exposed is required, Peel Public Health will contact those who are at risk.
Notes
  • It is important to frame this STI (sexually transmitted infection) as a skin disorder to reduce shame and stigma.
  • Emphasize that someone who has contracted genital herpes can live a healthy fulfilling life; there are medications to help treat the symptoms/outbreaks.
  • Using a condom will decrease the chance of transmitting STIs including HIV. However, condoms do not always cover sores on genitals. It is better to refrain from sexual activity during an outbreak.
For more information on communicable disease resources and programs,
call Peel Public Health at 905-799-7700.(In Caledon, call 905-584-2216.)
 

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Revised: Monday January 11 2016