How many of you are TOTALLY confused - and anxious about how herpes is transmitted? Are you afraid that you can give the virus to your friends by sharing meals? Do you worry that that intimate kiss you shared with your partner a couple of days before an outbreak exposed him or her to the virus? Do you encourage your friends to use a different toilet because you're afraid you will give them the virus? Here are a few basic facts on herpes: 1. Herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV1) and 2 (HSV2) are just two of 8 known human herpes viruses. Believe it or not, chicken pox is also a herpes virus. 2. The terms "genital herpes" and " oral herpes " describe where the infection is occurring, not necessarily which herpes virus is causing it. 3. HSV 1 is the virus that typically causes cold sores or fever blisters on the lips and mouth. 4. Most cases of genital herpes are caused by HSV2. 5. Because HSV 1 usually causes cold sores, it is usually passe...
Most of us with type 2 diabetes realize that our relatives are increased risk compared with the general population. And, knowing how inconvenient it is to have diabetes, we would like to help ensure that our relatives don’t get this disease.
How best can we do this?
The earlier people are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, the greater the probability that they will be able to reverse the condition. Even better is when a person is diagnosed with prediabetes, before too many beta cells (the cells in the pancreas that produce insulin) have been destroyed.
So one thing relatives could do would be to insist on an annual blood glucose (BG) test by their physician. The problem with this approach is that in early stages of type 2 diabetes, your fasting levels often remain in the normal range but your postprandial (after eating) levels are higher than normal, and standard lab tests usually measure fasting BG.
A way to get around this is to have relatives occasion...
Given the prevalence of herpes, and the constant turnover of
men in my life, I was always surprised I hadn’t met a potential mate who shared
my disease. Well I am thrilled to
say that it has finally happened, and I’m sure this has, or could, happen to many
others of you.
After a steamy night of making out and resisting the
temptation to indulge all of our desires, we spent the next day lounging in the
park, basking in the sun, and enjoying our new interest. Then, out of nowhere, he pushed back
and said, “So I think I should warn you…” and the wheels in my head started spinning…Uh
oh, lemme guess…you’re afraid of commitment? You’re an ex-convict? Drug addict? Until I saw
the look in his eyes, sensed his nervousness, and I knew he was about to
disclose an STD. “I have oral
herpes, so the more you kiss me, the more chances you have of catching
it.” What a r...
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