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Marian Nicholson – Herpes Vires Association and Shingles Support Society, United Kingdom

"At Shingles Support Society we supply information / advice on medical treatment and self help for post herpetic neuralgia (PHN) which particularly in older patients may follow shingles (herpes zoster). Early treatment gives a greater chance of eliminating PHN."



Marian Nicholson
Director
Herpes Viruses Association and Shingles Support Society

Marian Nicholson has worked in many different fields, including a two-year contract with UNICEF in Paris. Since 1985 she has been a volunteer for the Herpes Viruses Association and Shingles Support Society. This introduced her to the sometimes intense and long-lasting pain that can be a result of shingles. From 1993 she has worked full-time for the charity and is now the director.

On the topic of shingles (herpes zoster) and post-herpetic neuralgia, Marian has published articles in the Practice Nursing (guest editorial), Dermatological Nursing and Nursing in practice as well as many consumer magazines. On herpes simplex, she has had four posters accepted for display at the annual conferences of the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV/American STD Association in 2003, 2004 and 2016. Articles have been published in the British Journal of Sexual Medicine and SHINE. In 2012 she became a trustee of the umbrella organisation Pain UK and shortly afterwards became the UK representative on the board of Pain Alliance Europe.

The work of the Shingles Support Society involves educating patients regarding the nature of the infection, giving self-help advice and supporting them in obtaining appropriate treatment when they are affected by post-herpetic neuralgia.