Whenever I diagnose genital warts in a teenager it's always a huge deal. Tears, sometimes devastation, and about a million questions usually follow. Girls and guys want to know: "Exactly what are genital warts?" "How did I get them? We always use a condom!" "But my partner didn't have any warts -- so where did they come from?" "Can you get them any other way besides from sex" "How well does treatment work?" "Will the warts ever go away for good?" "Isn't this going to totally screw up my sex life?" "What about oral sex? Can we still do it?" "Am I going to infect someone else?" "Will I ever be normal again?" And girls want to know: "Does this mean I can't have children?" "Am I going to get cancer?" These are real questions from real patients. As you learn the answers, remember one fact and some good news: · ...
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...
Herpes medications are generally safe, whether you are
taking herpes antiviral medication to treat an outbreak or you're taking daily
But like all medications, the herpes antiviral DO have side
effects. Here's what you need to know about Zovirax, Valtrex and Famvir. You should know the difference between these different herpes medicines
so you can make the best decision for you and minimize any side effects.
Here's what you need to know:
The major drugs that doctors use to treat the herpes simplex
virus (HSV) are antiviral agents called nucleosides and nucleotide analogues.
They work by blocking reproduction of the herpes simplex virus. These drugs are
acyclovir, valacyclovir, famciclovir. These drugs are oral medications. There
are other antiviral similar to these drugs that are available in topical and
intravenous formulations, but they are generally used to treat different
Acyclovir, Valacyclovir and famcyclovir can lessen t...
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