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Title: Types of support offered by online message boards for people diagnosed with genital herpes 
Author: Russman, Christin M
Date: 2007
Abstract: Genital herpes is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases, with approximately forty-five million Americans infected with this virus. After being diagnosed with genital herpes, the physical and psychological implications of such a disease can be difficult to manage. This affliction is also associated with a stigma that makes it difficult for those with genital herpes to overcome. Because of the private nature of the Internet, many people seek this medium for herpes related information. Many may also tum to Internet message boards for information, connecting with others who are in the same situations as well as seeking forms of support. Understanding why those diagnosed with genital herpes turn to Internet message boards can be helpful to health care providers in educating and counseling such patients. The following study was completed focusing on why individuals seek out support from Internet message boards, the types of support these online message boards offer, and the advantages and disadvantages of the Internet compared to other means of health care information. For the sample used in this study, the Internet was found to be a safe place where participants can go to for different types of support and information, as well as developing relationships.
Description: Thesis (M.A.)--University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2007. Includes bibliographical references (leaves 107-115). v, 115 leaves, bound 29 cm
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/20499
Rights: All UHM dissertations and theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission from the copyright owner.
Keywords: Herpes genitalis -- Patients, Herpes genitalis -- Blogs, Internet in medicine

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