Article updated and reviewed by David Aronoff, M.D., Assistant Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases, University of Michigan Medical School on May 9, 2005. herpes simplex virus (HSV) and is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). There are two types of HSV, HSV-1 and HSV-2. HSV-1 is usually responsible for cold sores ( fever blisters) of the lips and mouth. HSV-2 is the one that most commonly causes genital herpes . The infection causes painful, ulcerative sores on the genitals in both men and women. However, HSV-1 can cause genital herpes, and HSV-2 can cause cold sores. Genital herpes is common. In the United States, one out of five of the total adolescent and adult population is infected with HSV. Herpes is spread by direct contact with an infected person. For example, if you have genital herpes and have sexual intercourse, you can give your partner genital herpes. If you have oral herpes , you can give your partner oral herpes while kissing, and you can also give i...
Resources www.ashastd.org -- American Social Health Association www.niaid.nih.gov -- National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases www.cdc.gov/std/herpes -- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention www.herpes-foundation.org -- American Herpes Foundation www.herpesalliance.org -- International Herpes Alliance www.gotherpes.com -- Herpes support site www.niaid.nih.gov/dmid/stds/herpevac -- Herpevac (herpes vaccine) clinical trial information
How do you feel about people who have herpes? First of all, let's assume honesty in the
discussion, meaning that someone would not be ashamed to tell you that they
have it. I have to tell you that I think
there is still a shame factor associated with herpes and other STDS, even in
these progressive times. OK, assuming
that you're the kind of person someone would share anything with - what do you
really feel? Would you have a sexual
relationship with this guy or gal or move on.
Is it a deal breaker for you?
Well, it seems to me that (a) people are not sharing for
fear of being ostracized and (b) people are not informed enough on the subject
to make the best decisions when it comes to communication. As a parent who works in health, I did cover
a lot of ground when it came to talking about sex with my kids. I let them know from a young age that they
could bring any question to me and I did my darndest to tell the truth and give
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