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As an expert on the site I frequently answer questions about herpes. Quite often I will refer the person to a particular area on the site, so they can read up and get a full understanding of the many details that are involved in answering their posted question- in fact, that I often cannot do full justice in my answer. I know when many of you post a question you just want "a quick and easy factual answer," but many times, the question is really complicated and background information is vital to establishing a foundation of information. So that's why I will suggest reading up under the "find" or "manage" tools on the site - reading the information in detail will serve you far better.
One area where I think readers do need to have a basic understanding is the area of herpes complications. Herpes has become such a prevalent part of millions of people's health, that I think we forget that it can have serious implications. First of al...
The viral condition, "Herpes Gladiatorum", known colloquially as "sumo virus" or "scrumpox", has resulted in the deaths of two Japanese wrestlers. A new and more pathogenic strain of the virus has been discovered.
Researchers have studied the spread of the virus in Japanese sumo wrestlers and reported their findings in the Journal of General Virology. One particular strain, BgOL, is most commonly associated with herpes gladiatorum. However the researchers discovered BgKL to be an even more common and more prevalent strain in the samples they studied.
"Scrumpox" is spread through skin contact with an infected person. Sports such as wrestling or rugby are particularly high risk activities because of the amount of skin contact and the likelihood of minor abrasions and scratches. Sumo wrestlers live and train together and this provides the perfect environment for the virus to spread. Symptoms include a rash of blisters on the face, neck, arms or legs, swollen glands and a so...
News that increasing numbers of Australians practice oral sex brought a warning from The New Zealand Herpes Foundation about mouth-to-genital transmission. Research conducted in New Zealand has established that one in every three cases of genital herpes is caused by the Type-1 virus, commonly associated with cold sores.
According to sexual health professor Basil Donovan of the University of New South Wales, Australia, 90 percent of people under the age of 30 try oral sex. "Among teenagers it's the new abstinence in a Clintonesque sense, because it's a way of having sex without having sex and there are contraceptive advantages too," Donovan said.
Dr. Juliet Richters, author of the book Doing it Down Under, sees feminism as the engine of change. Richters says that women are more confident than ever before about saying what they want from a sexual relationship. Professor Donovan says that oral sex is now far more commonplace with heterosexual couples in long-term relationsh...
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