Diagnosis The herpes simplex virus is usually identifiable by its characteristic lesion: A thin-walled blister on an inflamed base of skin. However, other conditions can resemble herpes, and doctors cannot base a herpes diagnosis on visual inspection alone. In addition, many patients who carry the virus do not have visible genital or oral lesions. Laboratory tests are essential for confirming herpes diagnosis. These tests include: V irologic tests (viral culture of the lesion) S erologic tests (blood tests that detect antibodies) The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that both virologic and serologic tests be used for diagnosing genital herpes. Patients diagnosed with genital herpes should also be tested for other sexually transmitted diseases. According to the CDC, up to 50% of first-episode cases of genital herpes are now caused by herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV-1). However, recurrences of genital herpes, and viral shedding without overt symptoms, are much less frequent with H...
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...
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...
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