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...
Alternative Names Sores - male genitals; Ulcers - male genitals Home Care Avoid self-treatment before seeing a doctor. It can hide signs and symptoms and make diagnosis more difficult. Avoid all sexual contact until you have a medical exam. Call your health care provider if Call for an appointment with your doctor if you have any unexplained genital sores or if new ones appear in other parts of your body. What to expect at your health care provider's office The doctor will perform a physical examination. The exam will include looking at the genital, pelvis, skin, lymph nodes, mouth, and throat. The doctor will ask questions about your medical history and symptoms, including: Description: What does the sore look like? For example, is it an ulcer , blister , hard lump ( nodule ), or pustule ? Does it hurt? Does it itch? What color is it? Does the border look sharp or blurry? Is there more than one sore? Where are the sores located? Time Pattern: When did you first notice the sore? How long have you had it? Have...
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