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Penelope James

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Penelope wrote for HealthCentral as a patient expert for Sexual Health.

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This Treatment Could Prevent Recurring Herpes Outbreaks

Since I contracted herpes, whenever I’ve gone to the gynecologist she’s always asked me to estimate how many outbreaks I experience per year. I’m always taken back a bit by the question since, without medication, I tend to have about two outbreaks a ...

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10 Ways to Have a Healthy Sex Life

Here’s what you can do to ensure that you’re protecting your health in your sexual relationships.

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Herpes and Telling Your Family

As we all know, talking about having herpes is often harder than actually living with the virus. One of the most common questions that come up on this site is how to effectively tell one’s partners that he/she has herpes. However, we rarely discuss t...

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Telling Your Partner, Gender and Acceptance

Maybe I’m picky or maybe I’m hard to be in a relationship with, but for whatever reason lately I seem to change partners about as often as I change my Facebook status. Due to the moderately high turnover, and my resolution to always inform my partner...

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Shaving, Waxing and STDs

I’ve recently discovered a huge obsession with pubic hair in today’s world, or at least in the metropolitan city in which I live.

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Giving Herpes a Hand

Typically, herpes are passed though genitals or mouths, but can it also be passed from hand to hand?

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Keep a Positive Attitude

If you’ve been diagnosed with herpes you’re likely thinking your love life is over—but it’s not. 7 reasons to stay positive!

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Taking Responsibility for Your Sex Life

Last week I had a refreshing conversation about sex and responsibility with a former lover. I was telling him how my attitude has recently changed, and that I will only engage in sexual relations with someone who knows I have herpes. Believe it or no...

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Genital Herpes Rumors

A simple mouth sore can start rumors about genital herpes—but let’s clear some things up before that rumor spreads.

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Herpes and a Good Night's Sleep

As someone who frequently struggles with keeping herpes under control, I’m constantly looking for what triggers my outbreaks. I started to cut down on caffeine after an unusually painful situation involving a double cappuccino last year. (I have now ...