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Risk Factors Risk for Oral Herpes Oral herpes is usually caused by HSV-1. The highest incidence of first infection occurs between 6 months and 3 years of age. The incidence in children varies among regions and countries, with the highest rates occurring in crowded and unsanitary regions. Studies suggest that by age 5 more than a third of children in low-income areas are infected compared to 20% of children in middle-income areas. However, by the time Americans of all economic backgrounds reach age 60, about 60 - 85% have become infected with HSV-1. Risk for Genital Herpes Although the prevalence of genital herpes is declining in the United States, it still remains high. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about16% of Americans age 14 - 49 years, about 1 in 6 teenagers and adults, are infected with HSV-2. While HSV-2 remains the main cause of genital herpes, in recent years the percentage of cases of genital herpes caused by HSV-1 has significantly increased b...
I'd like to use this week's SharePost as
a way to start an open discussion about issues relating to my last
SharePost. Although the comments I
received last week were negative, I'm happy that I generated a response from a
couple of readers and would like to keep that momentum going.
To sum up, in my last SharePost I
discussed the issue of casual sex and in it I disclosed that there are occasions,
although certainly not frequent, when I don't feel the need to tell my sexual
partner that I have herpes. I also
admitted to never having used a dental dam.
This does not mean I'm intentionally spreading the herpes virus. I have spent hours and hours (really!)
researching herpes and examining my own body and symptoms. I'm always very careful (besides the
aforementioned absence of a dental dam...I'm sorry but does anyone use those
things?), I'm never even remotely intimate during or shortly after an outbreak,
and I'm very aware of my body and risk lev...
He came in concerned about an itchy, burning rash on his penis. Silently, I could tell he thought it may be herpes . And I thought so too. When I told him that I too suspected herpes and that we needed to test him for the condition, he silently agreed. I told him about the test and about how we’d address the herpes if that is what he had. I knew he had questions, but I could also tell that he was so overwhelmed with the prospect of having the condition that he shut down. He was completely unable to regain his bearings and ask me all of the questions I knew were racing in his head. He left quickly despite my best efforts to engage him in conversation or offer support or information. I can’t imagine what my patient must have gone through that first day and night after our appointment. He must have been terrified, angry, depressed, or even felt ashamed. My heart aches for him. And by tomorrow, he’ll have a million questions. If you’re concerned that you may have herpes and haven’t see...
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