Friday, May 26, 2017

How Is Herpes (Oral or Genital) Spread?


How Is Herpes (Oral or Genital) Spread?

HSV-1 is usually passed from person to person by kissing. HSV-1 can also spread from the mouth to the genitals during oral sex (fellatio, cunnilingus, analingus). If this happens, it becomes a case of genital herpes.

HSV-2 is most often passed by vaginal sex and anal sex. But just as HSV-1 can infect the genitals and cause genital herpes, HSV-2 can pass from one person's genitals to another person's mouth, resulting in oral herpes.

HSV-2 cannot survive long on a non-living surface, so there is no real risk of getting it from a toilet seat or hot tub, for example.

Herpes can spread even when there are no visible symptoms present! About 80% people have hsv1 and 16% people have hsv2, yet 85% of people who have herpes have no clue. One of the reasons is because the most common symptom is no symptoms at all. As well as the fact herpes is not included in regular std panels. And yes, cold sores are herpes and it is possible to contract genital herpes from oral sex, even if your partner does not have an active cold sore. This is why it is so so important to 
1) ask to be tested for herpes if you think you might have come in contact with it and 
2) always disclose your STI status to your partners, which means if you have ever gotten a cold sore you need to inform your partner of this.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Herpes Support Resource: The American Social Health Association

If you or someone you know is feeling hopeless and in need of immediate assistance, PLEASE call 1-800-suicide for live help and to talk it out.

The American Social Health Association’s STI Resource Center has a Hotline for people with questions about Herpes and other Sexually Transmitted Infections.  It’s open from 9AM to 8PM Eastern US Time: 1-919-361-8488

Herpes Support Groups ~ Local, Live, and In Person

When dealing with a new herpes infection, many people can be at a loss as to what to say and who to talk to about their feelings.  The American Social Health Association sponsors Herpes Support groups that meet in various cities in the US, Canada, and Sydney Australia.

If you were just diagnosed with herpes: ITS GOING TO BE OK

Let me start off by saying that I was diagnosed with type 1 and 2 genital herpes a couple months ago. When I was diagnosed I felt like COMPLETE shit. Disgusted with myself, expecting a pitiful sex life, and utterly confused. I just stayed in my room, smoked weed, skipped school, and played video games for about a week straight.

(I am a very promiscuous guy in college and felt my sex life would be tarnished, no girlfriend, ect.)
Fast forward to today and everything is different! I have disclosed to every partner since and have not been rejected once. I just got a new girlfriend who is drop dead gorgeous and loves me.

Don't get lost in the stigma. You have no reason to feel bad or ashamed, none. Herpes is so common and chances are the person who gave it to you didn't even know they had it. Yet you do and it's something you can't forget.

Remember how you felt when you were diagnosed? ...Yeah don't be the person to pass that to someone else, you should really disclose.

But long story short, this moment, this feeling, is only a page in a chapter in the book of your life. I fucking believe in you. Know why? Because I was RIGHT THERE too. Skimming articles, getting statistics, (I would even put on safe search so no one would see I have herpes if they saw my history) trying and failing not to have a complete melt down. Guess what though? I'm fine, I'm strong, I moved on... and you will too :) If you have herpes, Be around other people with herpes  might be helpful.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

How Long Does Herpes Shedding Last?

A 2008 study published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases measured the duration of “reactivations” of HSV in healthy adults. The sample size included 25 people who tested positive for HSV-2, who were checked via swabs four times a day for 60 days. These were the findings⁴:
  • 24% of the genital herpes reactivations lasted 6 or fewer hours.
  • 49% of the herpes shedding periods lasted 12 or fewer hours.
  • Only 7% were accompanied by visible lesions.
A recent study has shown that it is possible to actually let the herpes sufferers take an antiviral chemical which will make them less contagious. Since it is known that acyclovir decreases detection of viral DNA, it turns out that it also makes patients less contagious! This has been a revolution in the management of couples in which one partner is infected and one partner is NOT infected. See the Medical Advisory Board’s statement on this important landmark study.
What is the take-home message on the concept of shedding of herpes simplex from the genital tract? Patients with genital herpes must remember that they may be shedding virus and not be aware of it. Further publications have indicated that many patients don’t pay attention to very slight symptoms that, in fact, means that they are having mild outbreaks5. Good education of patients may help them to recognize subtle symptoms.
Patients should also have hope that through modification of life style, using appropriate precautions, and through the use of non-prescription products and/or prescription medication, they can achieve a high level of control of genital herpes and drastically decrease the likelihood of transmitting the infection to a loved one.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Herpes Facts Six Things You Should Know about Herpes


If you're a sexually active adult and you are dating, playing at parties, or even kissing people outside of a strictly monogamous long-term relationship (and I hope you are!), there are some important facts about HSV that you may not have gotten out of your high-school sex-ed class or from your healthcare provider. Don't feel bad.
Structural deficiencies, like the availability of adequate sexual health education (not to mention science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), paired with a concerted effort by drug manufacturers and public health officials to stigmatize HSV, have created an environment where, even in the most sexually enlightened corners of the internet, it is unusual to encounter a person who rationally assesses the risks of choices they make regarding exposure to HSV.


Herpes (HSV) is among the most common sexually transmitted infections (STIs):
  • 70-90% of adults worldwide have herpes
  • 57-73% of US adults carry HSV 1 and/or HSV 2
  • Many people with HSV never experience any symptoms, or experience symptoms so mild that they are not noticed
HSV 1 (sometimes called 'oral' herpes or cold sores) is herpes:
  • HSV 1 is responsible for most new cases of 'genital' herpes.
  • HSV 1 can be transmitted through oral / genital contact, oral/oral contact, and genital/genital contact.
  • HSV 1 & HSV 2 pose very few serious health risks, but those they do, they have in common.
HSV is among the least detected STIs:
  • 81.1% of HSV 2 carriers in the United States are unaware that they are positive.
  • More than 40% of U.S. adults have Herpes and don't know it.
  • HSV testing is not 'medically necessary' for most people, and is generally not included in a standard STI test panel.


Even if you have a negative HSV test result, it probably doesn't mean much:

  • HSV tests measure antibodies that only reach measurable levels six months after infection.
  • To confidently claim negative HSV status, a person must abstain from all activities that could result in transmission of the virus for six months before being tested for HSV.
  • HSV is spread through skin-to-skin contact, which can include casual contact like cuddling and kissing.

 HSV is spread through skin-to-skin contact, so condoms limited protection against transmission:
  • A 'genital' HSV shedding site can be anywhere covered by a pair of boxers, not just on the genitals
  • A condom reduces the risk of transmission by 30% because it covers about 30% of the potential transmission sites
  • Anti-viral drugs (available only to people who know that they carry the virus) reduce the risk of transmission an additional 50%
 HSV can spread when no outbreak or physical symptoms are present:
  • HSV lives in the nervous system to avoid the immune system and periodically migrates to a skin site where it can be transmitted
  • In HSV-2 cases, without anti-viral drugs, the virus was present at a skin site on about 20% of the days measured. With anti-viral drugs, it was only 10%
  • In HSV-1 cases, the virus was present on 10% of days and 5% of days, respectively
  • Many people assume that exposure to a skin site that is shedding will result in transmission of the virus, but this is far from true. Some couples have unprotected sex for years before one partner transmits the virus to the other.

The Stigma Around Herpes
 PositiveSingles, the premiere dating site for people with herpes
Of all sexually transmitted diseases, genital herpes carries the greatest social stigma after HIV, according to a 2007 poll about relationships. The stigma around this disease is greater than that for gonorrhea, mental illness, obesity, substance abuse, and cancer.

People with herpes have very normal romantic and sexual relationships. After diagnosis, you may feel like your life may never be the same again but you will feel better soon. There are countless online herpes dating sites and support groups for you with people who’ve been in your shoes.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Transmitting Herpes: Criminal Laws & Penalties

Do You Have a Legal Obligation to Tell Your Partner if You Have Herpes?


As a general rule, no, you do not have an obligation to tell your partner if you have herpes. There aren’t any federal or state laws making it illegal for you to not tell a partner about herpes you may have. 

Laws on the topic vary from state to state. That being said, it is typically illegal, civilly and criminally, to knowingly or recklessly transmit an STD. Telling someone you have an STD is not the same obligation as knowingly transmitting an STD. 


The state by state laws for knowingly transmitting herpes.



Alabama
Alabama law makes it a crime to knowingly transmit an STD to someone else. “Knowing transmission” includes engaging in any activity that would likely lead to someone else becoming infected with the STD. For example, if you know you have an STD and have sexual relations with someone else, you can be charged with transmitting an STD in Alabama. (Code of Alabama section 22-11A-21)
ARIZONA
In Arizona, a person with any kind of contagious or infectious disease, including sexually transmitted diseases such as gonorrhea and HIV, could be charged with a crime in some circumstances. (Arizona Revised Statutes section 36-631) The Arizona law does not require that an infected person transmit the disease to someone else. It’s enough to knowingly expose someone else to an infectious or contagious disease in Arizona to be charged with a crime.
CALIFORNIA
Anyone who has any kind of infectious, communicable, or contagious disease in California commits a crime if that person exposes him or herself to others. This crime is punishable as a misdemeanor offense. You also commit this crime if you knowingly expose someone else whom you know has such a disease to other people. (California Health and Safety Code section 120290.)
Connecticut
Connecticut law also makes it a crime to engage in activity that exposes someone else to harm, known as reckless endangerment. It’s possible that a prosecutor could charge someone who exposes another person to a sexually transmitted disease with reckless endangerment because that disease poses a health risk to the victim.
FLORIDA
Florida’s laws on the criminal transmission of sexually transmitted diseases apply to anyone infected with specific diseases. The specific diseases include: hancroid, gonorrhea, granuloma inguinale, lymphogranuloma venereum,genital herpes simplex, chlamydia, nongonococcal urethritis, pelvic inflammatory disease, acute salpingitis, syphilis, and human immunodeficiency virus, also known as HIV or AIDS. Any person who knows that he or she is infected with a sexually transmitted disease and who engages in sexual intercourse with someone else commits the crime of unlawful acts in Florida. If you have sexual intercourse knowing you are infected with HIV you commit a first-degree felony offense. If you are infected with any other sexually transmitted disease and engage in intercourse you commit a first-degree misdemeanor offense.
KENTUCKY
a few Kentucky statutes do criminalize conduct that risks STD transmission. And, Kentucky courts have applied other laws that do not mention STDs to certain conduct by people infected with STDs. Kentucky law defines STDs to include AIDS, HIV, syphilis, gonorrhea, genital herpes, chancroid, granuloma inguinale, nongonococcal urethritis, mucopurulent cervicitis, chlamydia, and any other STD designated by the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services. (KRS 214.410.)
Louisiana
Exposing another person to infection with any other venereal disease is a misdemeanor. It is also possible that deliberate or reckless transmission of these diseases would subject the actor to other criminal charges, such as assault or aggravated assault, depending on the circumstances.
NEBRASKA
The crime of felony assault is committed by intentionally or knowingly inflicting “serious bodily injury.” Any injury that creates lasting impairment or a risk of death is considered serious bodily injury. For example, the transmission of HIV or herpes, which are both incurable, might be considered serious bodily injury. The transmission of a curable STD, such as gonorrhea, might be considered bodily injury.
NEVADA
;In Nevada, a person who is infected with any contagious disease in an infectious state (including an STD) should not engage in conduct that is likely to expose others to the disease.(Nev. Rev. Stat. § 441A.180.) Although Nevada’s laws do not provide a list of prohibited activities, exposure to STDs (or HIV) is most likely to occur through sexual contact, particularly unprotected sexual contact, and needle sharing. For example, people who knew that they are experiencing herpes outbreaks and engage in unprotected sex would be exposing others to a contagious disease.(Neb. Stat. Rev. Ann. §§ 28-109, 28-308, 28-310.)
NEW JERSEY
Under New Jersey’s laws, the exposure of another person to any STD (or venereal disease) through sexual contact is criminalized. Examples of STDs include: human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), the virus that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) chancroid (a bacterial infection) gonorrhea syphilis, and herpes virus. (N.J. Stat. Ann. § 2C:34-5.)
NEW YORK
in New York, it is a misdemeanor for a person who knows that he or she is infected with a sexually transmitted disease (STD) to have sexual intercourse with another person New York’s law does not provide a list of sexually transmitted diseases, but instead refers generally to “venereal diseases.” (N.Y. Pub. Health Law § 2307.)
NORTH CAROLINA
Additionally, anyone who knows that he or she is infected with HIV or another STD such as gonorrhea, Chlamydia,herpes, syphilis, or hepatitis, and exposes another person could potentially be charged with assault.
OREGON

People who transmit other sexually transmitted diseases, such as chlamydia, herpes, syphilis, or hepatitis may be charged under Oregon’s second, third, or fourth degree assault statutes. In Oregon, a person commits the crime of assault by causing physical injury or serious physical injury. (Or. Rev. Stat. §§ 163.160, 163.165, 163.175.)

If you have herpes, you need to be up front about it. Let the person you are interested in make the decision about whether you are right or wrong for them. It can be a deal-breaker, and you risk losing them and all the time and effort you have invested in the relationship. Your partner has the right to know that they are taking a risk for getting herpes.

You can also choose dating people with herpes at online herpes dating site. You will meet lots of people who have went through the same problem around you.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Herpes Statistics-New infections-How common is genital herpes

Genital herpes statistics that may surprise you. Fortunately, herpes is highly manageable and people who get it can still have healthy love and sex lives, as the data also shows. These numbers focus mainly on United States genital herpes statistics. Please also keep in mind that these statistics only account for genital herpes caused by the HSV-2 strain!

Number of people in US with genital herpes: over 24,100,000
New cases per year: 776, 000
New cases per hour: 90
New cases per minute: 1.9
Percent of US population affected: 20%
1 in 5 persons age 12 and older





How Common is Genital Herpes (HSV-2)

  • About one out of five people in the United States has genital herpes.
  • That’s more than 77 million people in the United States who have genital herpes.
  • 85% of people with genital herpes don’t know they have it.
  • That’s 42 million Americans who are unaware they have genital herpes.

Women vs. Men with genital herpes

  • About 25% of women have genital herpes. That’s one in four.
  • About 20% of men have genital herpes. That’s one in five.


Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Herpes Outbreak Frequency

How often does herpes come back

The herpes simplex viruses are particularly adept at transmission since they can hide out and reappear over the course of a human lifetime. But the question is that how often does herpes come back?

The number of herpes outbreak frequency someone has varies from person to person.


The average number of outbreaks for a person with genital HSV-2 is four to five per year. 
The average for genital HSV-1 is less than one outbreak per year.

Usually, there are more outbreaks during the first year, and many people find that outbreaks become less severe and less frequent with time.


Recurrences

Not all people infected with herpes will experience recurrences or symptom outbreaks after the initial infection. About 80% of those infected with HSV2 and 50% of those with HSV1 report having symptom recurrences. For those people, most experience about 4 outbreaks a year.