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Living with Herpes

This directory contains articles designed to help people who are living with herpes - whether they're worried about herpes during pregnancy, infecting their partners, or other issues.

Newly Diagnosed With A Herpes Genital Infection
Hearing from your doctor that you have a herpes genital infection can be extremely stressful. It's not uncommon for people to get a herpes diagnosis and panic that they will never be able to date or have sex again. Fortunately, that isn't true. Herpes doesn't have to be the end of your sex life. You may end up changing the way you talk and think...

Dating With Herpes
Learning you have genital herpes can be devastating, particularly when your love life is in flux. When someone is first diagnosed, the thought of dating with herpes can fill them with such anxiety that they may wonder if they will ever find love again. Why is dating with herpes so stressful? After herpes diagnosis, people may be worried about...

Honey as a Herpes Treatment
Honey is known to have anti-microbial and wound healing properties and so it has been tested as a possible herpes treatment. The results are actually somewhat promising.

Alternative Therapies for Herpes
Many people have tried alternative and complementary therapies for herpes infections with varying results. Here is a place to share your experiences using lysine, zinc, echinacea, and other natural treatments.

Is Lysine an Effective Treatment for Herpes?
Although popular belief is that lysine is an effective herpes treatment there is very little scientific evidence that lysine actually affects the course of a herpes infection.

Is Resolve Herpes a Scam?
If you look at the Resolve Herpes website, you might think that it's a guaranteed cure for herpes, but the truth is that there's no data to support the claims that Resolve Herpes is a herpes cure. Instead, it seems more like the quintessential herpes scam.

How Do I Tell My Partner I Have Herpes
If you've been diagnosed with genital herpes, one of the scariest things that you have to deal with is often talking about your infection with a romantic partner. Here's some information that can help - including a sample script describing how the discussion might go.

Is There A Cure For Herpes?
When a potential cure for herpes was announced a few years ago, people were really excited, but is a herpes cure actually on the horizon, or are we unlikely to see one in our lifetimes?

Does Having Genital Herpes Increase My Risk of Getting HIV?
Genital herpes isn't just a problem in and of itself, it also increases your risk of getting HIV.

Is there any benefit to treating my herpes if I don't often have symptoms?
Even if you don't ever have herpes outbreaks there may be some benefit to using daily suppressive therapy. This is because even people who have never had an outbreak can transmit the virus to their partner.

Living With Herpes
Living with herpes is hard. It can be extremely difficult for people to cope with a new genital herpes diagnosis, but it's important to know that you can get through this. Life isn't over just because you're infected with a herpes virus - not even close.

How Do I Get Tested For Herpes?
Although many doctors are reluctant to perform tests for herpes in individuals who have no symptoms, such tests are available.

How is Herpes Treated?
Herpes can be treated, but not cured, with certain anti-viral medications.

What Do I Need To Know About Herpes During Pregnancy?
When an infant is infected with herpes, it can be life threatening.

What Does a Positive Herpes IgG Test Mean?
Herpes blood tests look for the body's reaction to a herpes infection rather than searching directly for the virus. To do this, they test for antibodies to herpes - either anti-herpes IgG or IgM.

I Just Had My First Herpes Outbreak & I Want To Blame My Partner
When you have your first herpes outbreak, it's easy to get mad and start accusing your partner of cheating on you or lying to you. However, it's possible that no one is at fault - your partner may have honestly had no idea that they were infected with herpes.

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.

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.

Herpes & Childbirth - Interventions for Reducing Neonatal Herpes
Herpes and Childbirth Part II examines specific interventions for reducing neonatal herpes - including suppressive therapy during pregnancy and elective c-sections for women with active herpes outbreaks.

Herpes During Pregnancy - Is Vaginal Birth Safe For Women With Genital Herpes?
Neonatal herpes can have severe, or even fatal, consequences, which is why doctors generally recommend c-sections for pregnant women with active herpes outbreaks near the time of delivery. However, some women with genital herpes worry about whether asymptomatic viral shedding means there is always a risk with vaginal delivery.

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