Genital Herpes (HSV)
Worried that you may have been exposed to genital herpes? Just diagnosed? Here are some basic things that you need to know about genital herpes infections.
Cold Sores - Oral Herpes - HSV-1
Cold sores are herpes too, so why is it that they are so much less stigmatized than genital herpes? Understand the differences, and similarities, between the two conditions.
Can I protect myself from herpes by always using a condom?
You can not entirely prevent herpes transmission by using a condom, but you can reduce it. Unlike many other sexually transmitted diseases, herpes spreads by skin-to-skin contact instead of through bodily fluids. Since condoms don't cover all potentially infectious skin, they can not completely stop herpes spread.
If I Have Cold Sores (HSV1) Am I Protected Against Genital Herpes (HSV2)?
Some people think that having cold sores means that their body is more resistant to genital herpes. There hasn't been a lot of research on the subject, but what there has suggests they are wrong.
Can I get a cold sore on my tongue?
Most people think that "mouth herpes" only occurs on the lips, but you can get cold sores in other areas as well.
Could I have genital herpes and not know it?
People often wonder whether it is possible to have genital herpes and not know it. What's the answer?
Mat Herpes - Herpes Gladiatorum
Herpes transmission is extremely effective, which is one of the reasons why it is such a common disease. Although people think of herpes as an STD, it can also be spread through more casual skin-to-skin contact, such as during wrestling. "Wrestler's Herpes" is referred to as herpes gladiatorum.
Can One Virus Cause Genital Herpes and Oral Herpes at the Same Time?
Although common wisdom says otherwise, it's possible for you to be infected with the same type of herpes virus at both genital and oral sites at the same time.
Living with Herpes - User Stories
What is it like living with herpes? Share your stories about good and bad experiences you've had when dealing with this highly stigmatized disease.
How Accurate is the Herpes Blood Test?
When you get tested for a disease, it's nice to have a good idea of how accurate the test is. Although how good a test is depends a lot on who it's being used on, here's a rough estimate of the accuracy of your herpes blood test results.
Can Cold Sores Give Me Genital Herpes?
The herpes virus that causes cold sores may prefer to live near your mouth, but that doesn't mean it can't spread to your genitals.
What Are The Symptoms of Herpes?
The sores associated with herpes infection are very distinctive.
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The Problem With Calling Oral Herpes Cold Sores
Many people are surprised to learn that cold sores can infect their partners with genital herpes. That's, in part, because by calling oral herpes lesions by such an innocuous name it is easy to forget that they are caused by a herpes virus - one that isn't that different from the one that causes genital herpes.
My Partner's Cold Sores Gave Me Genital Herpes
Many people are surprised to learn that it is possible to end up with a genital herpes infection if your partner has cold sores. It's easy to forget that cold sores are also caused by a herpes virus, and one that isn't that different from the one that causes genital herpes.
Neonatal Herpes Infection
Although for most adults with herpes, the virus is a painful inconvenience, for infants a herpes infection can be fatal. Learn more about neonatal herpes infections here.
How Medication for Herpes May Help With The Stress of Herpes Dating
When you have been diagnosed with herpes, dating can feel like you're entering in a minefield. When do you disclose your infection? How will your partner respond? A conversation with a friend of my mind recently opened my eyes to how using suppressive medication for herpes can make dating with herpes easier - in a way I did not expect.
What is Herpes Zoster?
Genital herpes and oral herpes are caused by herpes simplex viruses. However, chicken pox and shingles are also caused by a herpes virus. It's known as varicella zoster virus - or herpes zoster
Why Can't Doctors Just Make A Cure For Herpes?
People often ask me why doctors haven't made a cure for herpes in a way that implies it's something that would have been easy to do if scientists only cared. Scientists do care. It's not easy.
How is Herpes Treated?
Herpes can be treated, but not cured, with certain anti-viral medications.
Disseminated Herpes Infection
Although most herpes infections only cause local pain, in rare cases herpes can cause full body illness. This type of herpes is called disseminated herpes.
Why Don't People Talk About Cold Sores The Same Way As Genital Herpes?
There isn't as much pressure to disclose oral herpes infections as there is genital infections. Here's why I think that is.