I recently logged on to a chat of a bunch of young adults
with herpes. Not surprisingly, many of
them felt ashamed, frustrated and defeated, deceived by a partner who did not
share that they had the virus... Though
many of them were on an antiviral and managing their disease, they felt like
they had a lifelong chain and ball attached to them physically and
emotionally. As a health practioner I am
heartened by the fact that we can manage this disease - but I also understand
that the caution they now need to take, the fact they will have to share this
information with any possible intimate partner, can seem like an unfair burden. To put it in perspective, though, if you take
an antiviral and use a condom and refrain from having sex during recurrences or
when you suspect you are shedding - you can have a safe and fulfilling
relationship with someone special.
The truth is that in this day and age, anyone who chooses to
have intimacy or be sexually active, has to c...
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...
If you or someone you love has just been diagnosed with genital herpes, you may be experiencing a variety of emotions, and you’ve probably got questions—lots of them. It is important to be open and honest with your partner and to know the facts to keep you both healthy and safe. What is Genital Herpes? Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease caused by the herpes simplex viruses (HSV) type 1 and type 2. Most genital herpes is caused by HSV type 2. Symptoms Most people do not show the symptoms of genital herpes but can still spread the virus. In fact, the herpes virus stays in the body even after all symptoms have subsided. Read more about the common symptoms of genital herpes. Prevention and Treatment Some drugs can lower the frequency and length of outbreaks, but there is no cure for genital herpes. However, suppressive therapy combined with safe sex practices can decrease your chances of passing the virus to your partner. Learn about th...
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