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...
Studies show that genital herpes simplex virus is common. In the United States, one out of five of the total adolescent and adult population are infected with herpes simplex virus. There are two types of herpes simplex viruses (HSV). HSV type 2 is the one that most commonly causes genital herpes . You can get HSV type 2 during sexual contact with someone who has a genital HSV-2 infection. The infection causes painful sores on the genitals in both men and women. HSV type 1 is the herpes virus that is usually responsible for cold sores of the mouth, the so-called " fever blisters." You get HSV-1 by coming into contact with the saliva of an infected person. However, HSV type 1 can cause genital herpes, usually caused by oral-genital sexual contact with a person who has the oral HSV-1 infection, and HSV type 2 can cause cold sores. Herpes can be treated but not cured. Symptoms appear briefly and then disappear; the disease lies dormant in nerve cells, but it may be reactivated by str...
I'm convinced my Herpes has a mind of its
own. The nasty little guy always seems
to know when I have an important deadline, get a new job, and of course, meet a
potential lover. And even when none of
the above is happening, the jerk just decides to pop his head out and give me a
hard time about once every two weeks.
Yes, I'm one of the *lucky* ones who have recurring, sometimes constant,
outbreaks. We are the portion of the
Herpes-carrying population who deal with the disease on a regular basis. (Oh to be a carrier sans outbreaks!) It affects our daily lives and yet we are
quieted by social norms...suffering silently.
You can't very well go to work and tell your boss: "Gee, my
genitals are really on fire today, I think I'm gonna stand during the
meeting." We are cheated of
sympathy that other disease-carriers get, yet the emotional and physical
suffering is deep. If you're reading
this then chances are you have Herpes as well...
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