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.

Originally published on bedsider.org

1191 comments

Bella M
Bella M8 days ago

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Past Member
Past Member 8 days ago

Good Day everyone, just want to share my experience here so you all should be more careful when contacting any herbalist for solution cos majority of the testimonies are fake and were the ones that fooled me.

they all uses the same local code number (+234) cos i have been screwed by some of them.

My Husband was suffering from Hsv for years and i went everywhere to get useful information that will help cure or suppress the disease.

then i came across testimonies of those that took my hard earn money without any useful information or cure but they keep telling stories.

about two months ago, a new staff was employed in my place of work and when He heard about my Husband Disease He was so remorseful and told me about Dr Monday.

but i felt it was still one of those Internet guys so i didn't call or text Dr Monday. later that week, He asked me if i`ve heard from Dr Monday and he gave me proof and reasons to try.

well, lots of thanks to Dr Monday cos as im writing this message, my Husband is CURED through the herbs that Dr Monday sent to us.

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.10 days ago

TRUE LIFE TESTIMONY,TRULY GOD IS GREAT.

HOW I GOT RID OF MY 5 YEARS GENITAL HERPES WITHIN 7 DAYS,GOD IS AWESOME!
THIS IS REAL,PLEASE DON'T IGNORE.Call/Text me via; +1(203)806-4318

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I caught genital herpes from my Ex Husband in 2012,he never told me about the virus. I had it for 5 years with so many outbreak,and it affected my life.. People think herpes is really a minor skin irritation herpes has a long term effects on health. The stigma attached to this virus by ignorant people is ridiculous. Most people have herpes in one form or another,i was first taking Antiviral medicines, such as acyclovir(Zovirax), famciclovir (Famvir), and valacyclovir (Valtrex), are recommended for treating primary genital herpes outbreaks. This medicine can be taken when an outbreak occurs. It can also be taken every day to help prevent outbreaks,it is not a total cure... I will like to tell everyone who is reading this my testimony on how i get rid of my genital herpes.I was reading a comment on the internet,and i saw a testimony posted by a young lady from USA that she got rid of her herpes with the help of Doctor SAMBOLA,a Traditional Herbalist from Africa.So i was so happy when i saw that post,that his herbal medication Cure the virus totally.I quickly copied the herbal doctor email address and i email him within 30 minutes he respond to my mail.I explain things to him he told me not to

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.10 days ago

TRUE LIFE TESTIMONY,TRULY GOD IS GREAT.

HOW I GOT RID OF MY 5 YEARS GENITAL HERPES WITHIN 7 DAYS,GOD IS AWESOME!
THIS IS REAL,PLEASE DON'T IGNORE.Call/Text me via; +1(203)806-4318

HIS WEBSITE;https://doctorsambolablog.wordpress.com

I caught genital herpes from my Ex Husband in 2012,he never told me about the virus. I had it for 5 years with so many outbreak,and it affected my life.. People think herpes is really a minor skin irritation herpes has a long term effects on health. The stigma attached to this virus by ignorant people is ridiculous. Most people have herpes in one form or another,i was first taking Antiviral medicines, such as acyclovir(Zovirax), famciclovir (Famvir), and valacyclovir (Valtrex), are recommended for treating primary genital herpes outbreaks. This medicine can be taken when an outbreak occurs. It can also be taken every day to help prevent outbreaks,it is not a total cure... I will like to tell everyone who is reading this my testimony on how i get rid of my genital herpes.I was reading a comment on the internet,and i saw a testimony posted by a young lady from USA that she got rid of her herpes with the help of Doctor SAMBOLA,a Traditional Herbalist from Africa.So i was so happy when i saw that post,that his herbal medication Cure the virus totally.I quickly copied the herbal doctor email address and i email him within 30 minutes he respond to my mail.I explain things to him he told me not to

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Sarah P.
Sarah P.12 days ago

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Mariam J.
Mariam J.12 days ago

All thanks to Dr Idahosa, I am here to share a good testimony of my self on
how i came in contact with a real herbalist who helped me. i appreciate
everyone for taken their precious time to read my testimony, 6 months ago i
was diagnosed of HERPES, this means that 6 months ago i was HERPES positive
when i told one of my good friend about this, she sympathized with me and
then she said that she was going to help me out, she told me that we should
do some research on the Internet, we came across Dr Idahosa and my friend said
that she has come across a lot about him and said that he is a real
herbalist remedy to all illness, i was really surprised on this and
confused as well, I was so speechless and quickly i contact him to help me
and he prepared some herbs for me and send it across to me and he told me
the way i was going to be taken the medicine which i did, and in the next 2
weeks i went to the hospital and they said that i am now HERPES negative, i
am very happy about this, when i contacted Dr Idahosa again to tell him the
good result , i asked him how he was able to help me, and he said that he
was gifted with it that he can cure any disease. also reach him to because
health is better than wealth Email him via" hsvnaturalherbalremedyclinic@gmail.com or
call or what-sap him +2347033330164

NOTE THAT DOCTOR IDAHOSA CAN ALSO CURE ANY TYPES OF SICKNESS OKAY
(1) Herbs
(2) H.I.V/Aids
(3) dick enlargement
(4) hepatitis B
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Francesca P
Francesca P12 days ago

Hello friends, am Francesca Peters from USA. I was suffering from ( HERPES DISEASE ) for over 3 years,i was hopeless until one of my friend directed me to a man called Dr Adikwu, she said he cure Herpes disease and also said he has helped her friend to cure Herpes Virus, and cure other people with different diseases, i never believed her but after a lot of talk, i decided to give the DOCTOR a try, just few days later i contacted him and he told me what to do which i did and he prepared a herbal medicine and sent to me with prescriptions on how i will take it for a period of days. After i finished taking the medicine he told me to go for a test which i also did and when the result came out i was surprised to see that i am Negative. I am proud to tell you that i am the most happiest person on earth. Big thanks to him. You can also contact him via dradikwuhealinghome@gmail.com for HERPES cure. He also specializes in curing

1.....GENITAL WARTS

2.....GENITAL HERPES

3.....Gonorrhoea

4...HIV/Aids

5....Hepatitis

6...HSV-1

7...HSV-2

8...Syphilis

9...Stroke

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Francesca P
Francesca P12 days ago

Hello friends, am Francesca Peters from USA. I was suffering from ( HERPES DISEASE ) for over 3 years,i was hopeless until one of my friend directed me to a man called Dr Adikwu, she said he cure Herpes disease and also said he has helped her friend to cure Herpes Virus, and cure other people with different diseases, i never believed her but after a lot of talk, i decided to give the DOCTOR a try, just few days later i contacted him and he told me what to do which i did and he prepared a herbal medicine and sent to me with prescriptions on how i will take it for a period of days. After i finished taking the medicine he told me to go for a test which i also did and when the result came out i was surprised to see that i am Negative. I am proud to tell you that i am the most happiest person on earth. Big thanks to him. You can also contact him via dradikwuhealinghome@gmail.com for HERPES cure. He also specializes in curing

1.....GENITAL WARTS

2.....GENITAL HERPES

3.....Gonorrhoea

4...HIV/Aids

5....Hepatitis

6...HSV-1

7...HSV-2

8...Syphilis

9...Stroke

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Jennifer A
Jennifer A.about a month ago

HOW I GOT CURED OF HERPES VIRUS
I'm here to testify about what DR. OSO did for me. I have been suffering from (HERPES) disease for the past 5 years and had constant pain, especially in my knees. During the first year,I had faith in God that i would be healed someday.This disease started circulating all over my body and i have been taking treatment from my doctor, few weeks ago i came across a testimony of one lady on the internet testifying about a Man called DR. OSO on how he cured her from Herpes Simplex Virus. And she also gave the email address of this man and advise anybody to contact him for help for any kind of sickness that he would be of help, so I emailed him telling him about my (HERPES Virus) he told me not to worry that i was going to be cured!! Well i never believed it,, well after all the procedures and remedy given to me by this man few weeks later i started experiencing changes all over me as DR. OSO assured me that i will be cured,after some time i went to my doctor to confirmed if i have be finally healed behold it was TRUE, the test came out negative. So friends my advise is if you have such sickness or any other at all you can contact DR. OSO for help via email} drosohaberhome@gmail.com
Or CALL/WHATAPPS him through his mobile} +2348162084839
you can also email me on jeneferalex123@gmail.com
Thanks once again DR. OSO

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Tamara B.
Tamara B.about a month ago

Hello everybody,
I don't just know the reason why some people is finding it difficult to believe that there is a cure for herpes, I have been suffering from herpes since last three years with my boyfriend but today I am happy that am cure from it with the herbal medicine of Dr voodoo the great healer,I was browsing the internet searching for help when I came across a testimony shared by someone on how Dr voodoo cure his herpes I was so much in need of getting his treatment but after all Dr voodoo brought a smile to my face with his herbal medicine. I am so much happy today that we have someone like this great healer out there, so my people out there kindly contact this great healer on his email address: voodoospelltemple66@gmail.com please sir keep your good work cause there are people out there who is in need of your healing medicine.once more contact him now: voodoospelltemple66@gmail.com visit his website on http://drvodoospelltemple.webs.com you can call him or whatsApp his number +2349061243458

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