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5 Myths About Herpes, Busted!

5 Myths About Herpes, Busted!

Herpes is common. Really common. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about one in six adults has genital herpes, a sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by herpes simplex virus. (To learn more about the two types of herpes, HSV-1 and HSV-2, check out the CDC’s herpes fact sheet). While it may be super-common, there are still a lot of myths out there about it—here are five I hear a lot.

Myth 1: If I don’t have any sores, I don’t have herpes.

Herpes can lay dormant (sort of like it’s in hibernation) for years without causing any noticeable symptoms. Because of this, many people don’t know they have it and may have trouble figuring out how or when they got it. When symptoms do occur, they often appear as small blisters on or around the genitals. The blisters may look like pimples with clear fluid in them, and they may be painful or have a burning sensation. The best way to find out if you have herpes is to see a health care provider if you have pain, blisters or a sore.

Myth 2: We didn’t have sex, so there’s no way I have genital herpes.

Herpes is spread by skin-to-skin contact with someone who carries the virus. That means you can get herpes by touching, kissing and oral, vaginal, or anal sex. People who carry herpes don’t always know they have the virus, and they may not have any visible sores on their skin.

That said, your risk of getting the virus is higher if you’ve had contact with a partner who does have a visible sore. Using condoms can majorly decrease the risk of spreading the virus, but doesn’t eliminate it completely. Unfortunately, no other type of birth control reduces the risk of this STI.

Myth 3: There’s a cure for herpes…right?

First, the bad news: Once you have herpes, it will be with you for the rest of your life. The virus can lay dormant for long stretches of time, then cause “outbreaks” at times of stress or illness.

Now, the good news: There are medications you can take to make an outbreak go away faster. If you only get outbreaks once every few years, you can take the medications just when you have an outbreak. If you get outbreaks more often, you might benefit from taking a medication daily to prevent them. A discussion with your healthcare provider will help you decide which strategy is best for you.

Myth 4: I can’t have a baby if I have herpes.

This is something many women worry about when they find out they have herpes. Thankfully, it’s not true. Many women living with herpes give birth to healthy babies. However, if you have herpes it is important for you to let your healthcare provider know so he or she can monitor you for symptoms. If at the time of your labor you have any sores on your cervix, vagina, or the skin around your vagina, or if you’re experiencing symptoms like tingling or burning, your provider will recommend a caesarean section to prevent transmission of the virus to your baby. If you don’t have any symptoms, you can safely have a vaginal delivery.

Myth 5: Herpes is something to be ashamed of.

This is the most important myth to bust: While living with herpes can (literally) be a pain, it’s incredibly common and nothing to be ashamed of. For more information on this virus, check out the CDC’s Fact Sheet about it. For a more personal take on living with an STI—along with resources and support—check out The STD Project, a site founded and run by a woman who’s living with herpes.

 

Related:
How to Make Sex Safer in 4 Simple Steps
Pregnancy and Herpes
13 Dos & Don’ts for the Doctor’s Office

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Grace Shih, MD, MAS, is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. She has a family medicine practice at the San Francisco General Hospital’s Family Health Center. When she’s not seeing patients, you can find her cooking, hiking, or salsa dancing.

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4:50PM PDT on Mar 27, 2015

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5:12AM PDT on Mar 21, 2015

My name is Carol Anderson, I am here to give my testimony about a doctor who helped me in my life. I was infected with HERPES SIMPLEX VIRUS in 2010, i went to many hospitals for cure but there was no solution, so I was thinking how can I get a solution out so that my body can be okay. One day I was in the river side thinking where I can go to get solution. so a lady walked to me telling me why am I so sad and i open up all to her telling her my problem, she told me that she can help me out, she introduce me to a doctor who uses herbal medication to cure HERPES SIMPLEX VIRUS and gave me his email, so i mail him. He told me all the things I need to do and also give me instructions to take, which I followed properly. Before I knew what is happening after two weeks the HERPES SIMPLEX VIRUS that was in my body got cured . so if you are also heart broken and also need a help, you can also email him at ogboduherbalhivcure@gmail.com OR ogboduspellhome@gmail.com OR ogboduherbalhome@hotmail.com

2:44PM PDT on Mar 20, 2015

My name is Carol Anderson, I am here to give my testimony about a doctor who helped me in my life. I was infected with HERPES SIMPLEX VIRUS in 2010, i went to many hospitals for cure but there was no solution, so I was thinking how can I get a solution out so that my body can be okay. One day I was in the river side thinking where I can go to get solution. so a lady walked to me telling me why am I so sad and i open up all to her telling her my problem, she told me that she can help me out, she introduce me to a doctor who uses herbal medication to cure HERPES SIMPLEX VIRUS and gave me his email, so i mail him. He told me all the things I need to do and also give me instructions to take, which I followed properly. Before I knew what is happening after two weeks the HERPES SIMPLEX VIRUS that was in my body got cured . so if you are also heart broken and also need a help, you can also email him at ogboduherbalhivcure@gmail.com OR ogboduspellhome@gmail.com OR ogboduherbalhome@hotmail.com

4:21PM PDT on Mar 17, 2015

I am Ben Giddingson from New York. I was in trouble when doctor told me that I have been diagnosed with Genital Herpes... I though about my Family, I know my Family will face a serious problem when I'm gone, I lost hope and I wept all day, but one day I was surfing the internet I found Dr. Ariba's contact number. I called him and he guided me. I asked him for solutions and he started the remedies for my health. Thank God, now everything is fine, I'm cured by Dr. Ariba herbal medicine, I'm very thankful to Dr. Ariba and very happy with my hubby and family. email him on draribasolutioncenter@yahoo.com; draribaspelltemple@gmail.com, call him on +2348140439497.....

4:21PM PDT on Mar 17, 2015

I am Ben Giddingson from New York. I was in trouble when doctor told me that I have been diagnosed with Genital Herpes... I though about my Family, I know my Family will face a serious problem when I'm gone, I lost hope and I wept all day, but one day I was surfing the internet I found Dr. Ariba's contact number. I called him and he guided me. I asked him for solutions and he started the remedies for my health. Thank God, now everything is fine, I'm cured by Dr. Ariba herbal medicine, I'm very thankful to Dr. Ariba and very happy with my hubby and family. email him on draribasolutioncenter@yahoo.com; draribaspelltemple@gmail.com, call him on +2348140439497......

4:20PM PDT on Mar 17, 2015

I am Ben Giddingson from New York. I was in trouble when doctor told me that I have been diagnosed with Genital Herpes... I though about my Family, I know my Family will face a serious problem when I'm gone, I lost hope and I wept all day, but one day I was surfing the internet I found Dr. Ariba's contact number. I called him and he guided me. I asked him for solutions and he started the remedies for my health. Thank God, now everything is fine, I'm cured by Dr. Ariba herbal medicine, I'm very thankful to Dr. Ariba and very happy with my hubby and family. email him on draribasolutioncenter@yahoo.com; draribaspelltemple@gmail.com, call him on +2348140439497.

11:08PM PDT on Mar 13, 2015

Spamalot much???

10:50PM PDT on Mar 13, 2015

hello everyone its feel so good coming back to the old me,let me start like this i was

diagnosed of hsv 2 and i got married to my husband and i transmitted it to him and i felt

so awkward and wanted to kill myself.going the internet a week ago i sure a testimony of

someone been cured of his son hsv1 and she recommended the world to go try this out and i

did,so i contacted the dr called dr anegbe,it all sounded silly to me until i contacted dr

anegbe and he told me i need to come up with the some of 1500USD and it was i and my

husband so i gave him 3000USD,at first i thought i was making a mistake until he finished

preparing the spell,thats what he calls it 'spell'and it was sent to me through DHL and

told me we should apply it just once drink and bath with it and which i did,to my surprise

i and my husband were cured and am so happy right now you should also try him

out;anegbesolutiontemple@yahoo.com

11:31PM PST on Mar 1, 2015

I once came accross a situation like this but a doctor helped with his herbs, and the cure was real.

His email is dr.oyalospellhome@hotmail.com

Contact him and he will help you out.

2:16AM PST on Feb 28, 2015

Greetings to the general public, Am Simran Mendy i want to inform the public how i was cured of HERPES Simplex Virus by a Doctor called Harrison.i visited different hospital but they gave me list of drugs like Famvir, Zovirax, and Valtrex which is very expensive to treat the symptoms and never cured me. I was browsing through the Internet searching for remedy on HERPES and i saw comment of people talking about how Doctor Harrison cured them. I Was scared because i never believed in the Internet but i was convince to give him a try because i was having no hope of been cured of HERPES so i decided to contact him on his email that was listed on the comment (sacredspelltemple@hotmail.com ) i searched his email on net and i saw a lot of people testifying about his goodness. when i contacted him he gave me hope and send a Herbal medicine to me that i took and it seriously worked for me, am a free person now without problem, my HERPES result came out negative. I pray for you Dr Harrison God will give you everlasting life, you shall not die before your time for being a sincere and great men. Am so happy, you can also contact him if you have any problem Email: SACREDSPELLTEMPLE@HOTMAIL.COM.or add him on whatapp +2348079540032. you can contact me for more information +1989-541-7345 or email me on simranmendy@gmail.com

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