There has been a lot of herpes talk in the media lately (and by “media” I mean gossip blogs and trashy online magazines) due to the recent allegations that R&B singer Chris Brown beat up his former girlfriend, pop singer Rihanna. The incident reportedly took place after a pre-Grammy party, and while people speculate on what sparked the fight, many believe it was over herpes. Rumors are flying that Rihanna not only gave genital herpes to Chris Brown, but that she got it from hip-hop mogul Jay-Z. Why is this important? It’s not. At least not unless you’re one of those involved. But the comments I’ve heard from people regarding this controversy tells me there’s still a lot of misunderstanding about herpes out there in the general population.
No one knows for sure what caused the fight between the two celebrities. My guess is that it had more to do with jealousy than an STD. I would imagine th...
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Symptoms Blisters or ulcers -- most often on the mouth, lips and gums, or genitals Enlarged lymph nodes in the neck or groin (usually only at the time of the initial infection) Fever blisters Fever -- especially during the first episode Genital lesions -- there may first be a burning or tingling sensation Mouth sores Signs and tests Many times, doctors can tell whether you have an HSV infection simply by looking at the sores. However, certain tests may be ordered to be sure of the diagnosis. These tests include: Blood test for antibodies of HSV (serology) Direct fluorescent antibody (DFA) test of cells taken from a lesion Viral culture of the lesion
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