Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Herpes VS Shingles

picture of shingles
Herpes and shingles are clinically distinct diseases, with different symptoms and modes of transmission. However, they are both caused by members of the herpes virus family.

Several members of this virus family can cause disease, but this protocol will focus on herpes simplex virus-1 (HSV-1), herpes simplex virus-2 (HSV-2), and varicella-zoster virus.

HSV-1 and HSV-2 cause herpes, whereas the varicella-zoster virus typically causes chickenpox in children and shingles later in life (Siakallis 2009; Odom 2012; Wolz 2012; Roizman 2001; Odom 2012).

Both herpes and shingles are very common: as many as 90% of the people in the United States have been exposed to HSV-1 (Prasad 2010), and the CDC estimates that 32% of Americans will develop shingles at some point in their lifetime (Sampathkumar 2009; Albrecht 2012a).

One of the most clinically-relevant properties of herpes virus (Herpesviridae) is their ability to establish a latent infection (Roizman 2001). This means that the virus can lay dormant in the body, becoming “reactivated” under certain conditions, and manifest symptoms long after the initial infection. This reactivation can occur as a result of local injury, or systemic factors such as emotional stress, fever, trauma, sunlight exposure, or menstrual periods. But perhaps the most prominent factor, especially in regard to shingles outbreaks among older adults, is general age-related decline in immune function, known as immunosenescence (Oxman 2009; Pfister 2008; Steiner 1995; Roizman 2001; Albrecht 2012a).

Although conventional treatments may improve symptoms and shorten the duration of herpes and shingles outbreaks, many physicians overlook the potential therapeutic role of a common over-the-counter heartburn drug called cimetidine in mitigating the impact of Herpesviridae infections (Miller 1989). Despite several published studies showing cimetidine significantly eases shingles symptoms and shortens outbreak duration, the conventional medical establishment fails to recommend this inexpensive treatment to older adults suffering from this debilitating condition. Sadly, this is probably because cimetidine has been off patent for many years and is therefore no longer financially lucrative for pharmaceutical companies, even though it has substantial potential to provide relief to patients suffering from shingles.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Usher Raymond settles Herpes Lawsuit

The singer Usher was reportedly forced to cough up $1.1 million to settle a lawsuit brought by a romantic partner who accused the R&B star of infecting her with the incurable herpes virus. The lawsuit reportedly accused Usher of knowingly spreading an incurable herpes virus infection.

The website claimed that it was able to obtain legal papers documenting “explosive revelations” contained in a “bombshell lawsuit” brought by a celebrity stylist against the 38-year-old R&B singer, Usher.

The legal complaint filed in the Superior Court in Los Angeles reportedly reveals how Usher Raymond IV engaged in “rigorous” unprotected sex with the plaintiff without disclosing that he was infected with the incurable herpes virus.

The legal documents reportedly reveal that Usher was “exposed to herpes” in 2009 or 2010. The singer finalized his divorce from his first wife, Tameka Foster, in 2009. It is uncertain whether his wife was also exposed to the alleged virus infection.

Usher is currently married to Grace Miguel, who was the executive chef on the set of The Cosby Show, according to E! News.

The legal documents give a graphic description of the signs and symptoms of herpes virus infection that Usher reportedly showed.

The singer was said to have produced “greenish discharge” from his penis. However, that was the only sign of infection that he showed, and doctors reportedly said he was an “asymptomatic carrier.”

Radar Online reported that Usher had initially admitted to the victim that he might have been exposed to infection with the virus, but he later claimed that test results returned negative. Usher was reportedly able to persuade the victim that he was actually never infected with the virus.

Usher then reportedly engaged in “rigorous” unprotected sex with the unidentified partner.

“Believing Raymond’s statements that it had been nothing and cleared up, [she] continued her relationship,” the attorneys for the plaintiff reportedly wrote in the legal complaint demanding damages.

The pair continued to have unprotected “romps” for three weeks until the victim began to feel “very sick,” according to the legal documents. The victim had a “fever of 100 degrees, chills, headache, and aches and pains.” She also developed “lesions and blisters in her vagina,” the legal documents reportedly said


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Home Care Measures for Genital Herpes

Home Care Measures for Genital Herpes

First, simple self-care may be enough to relieve most discomfort caused by genital herpes. Taking an over-the-counter pain reliever, such as aspirin, acetaminophen, or ibuprofen, can help ease the pain of herpes symptoms. Doctors sometimes recommend soaking the affected area in warm water. But the area should be kept dry most of the time. If toweling off after bathing is uncomfortable, try using a hair dryer. Then put on cotton underwear. Cotton absorbs moisture better than synthetic fabric does.

Herbs, Supplements, and More for Genital Herpes

Scientists have studied herbal extracts and nutritional supplements based on some herpes patients' claims that they help relieve symptoms. Some study results have been promising, others discouraging.


Many people say that an extract of the echinacea plant helps boost the immune system's ability to fight infection. Some say it decreases the frequency and severity of genital herpes outbreaks. Researchers in the U.K. compared the effect of echinacea with that of a placebo. They gave echinacea to 50 people with genital herpes for six months and a placebo for another six months. There was no significant difference in the number of herpes outbreaks during the two periods.

Another study showed that an ointment containing propolis, a waxy substance that honeybees make, may help herpes sores heal. Sores healed faster for people using the propolis ointment than in those using ointments containing the antiviral drug acyclovir or a placebo. The ointment was applied to herpes sores four times a day. After 10 days, 24 of the 30 people using propolis ointment said their sores healed, compared with 14 of the 30 people using acyclovir ointment and 12 of the 30 using a placebo.

Researchers have also found that the herb Prunella vulgaris, and an edible mushroom, Rozites caperata (the "gypsy mushroom"), contain chemicals that fight both HSV-1 and HSV-2.

These treatments have not been approved for treating genital herpes by the FDA. You can buy them in stores, but they are considered nutritional supplements, not drugs, so they are not subjected to the same quality standards that FDA-approved drugs are.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Herpes IgG Test Results Interpretation




Herpes IgG test result
Herpes IgG Test
Herpes IgG tests are one type of blood test for the herpes simplex virus (HSV). Herpes blood tests look for the body's immune reaction to a herpes infection. They don't search directly for the virus. Because the immune reaction takes time to develop after the time of infection, it's not immediately detectable. In fact, depending on the type of test used, it can take up to four months to become positive on an HSV IgG test. Tip: If you have herpes symptoms, go to the doctor right away. Sores can be tested directly. You don't have to wait for the immune system to respond. This type of testing can be more accurate if the sore is tested quickly enough.

Herpes IgG Test Results Interpretation


Much of our recent updated information on IgG index values came from direct conversations with our top researchers, Dr. Larry Corey and Dr. Anna Wald at the University of Washington, and Terri Warren at Westover Heights Clinic. Therefore there are no internet articles to link to.

When the virus enters our system, antibody begins to form. This is what the IgG test looks for. The usual key looks like this: less than 0.9 = negative 0.9-1.09 = unequivocal more than 1.09 = positive Low Positives (1.09-3.5): However, studies have shown that the IgG isn't completely reliable between 1.09-3.5. A number in that range is considered a "low positive," and according to our best clinician, Terri Warren, about half of these turn out to be false positives. Definitive Positives (3.5+): Once the index number hits 3.5, however, it's highly likely to be definitive. This will likely not occur until a few weeks following transmission - often 3-4 months or so. According to Dr. Larry Corey at the University of Washington, at some point after this, the antibody load in our systems "plateau." After this, any fluctuations in the index value of a subsequent IgG test really doesn't have anything to do with the antibody load in our systems. These fluctuations usually have more to due with lab conditions and methodology.

Can the IgG tell me when I contracted the virus?



Because our immune functions differ so much from one another, there is really no way to correlate an IgG index value with any kind of a timeline for diagnosis, except in one instance: a negative IgG in tandem with a positive PCR DNA swab test. This would indicate a fairly recent infection - probably less than 4 months old. The IgG is negative at this point because it is too early after transmission for our antibodies to have generated enough to trigger a positive result. However the positive PCR DNA swab is irrefutable proof that the virus is present.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Australia Herpes Support Group

If you live in Australia and have herpes, you may feel like dating just isn’t an option. It’s not true. There are plenty of options for herpes dating, as well as a large number of herpes support groups. It’s even possible to discreetly find and attend a herpes support group if you’re uncomfortable with others knowing about your condition.



Australian Herpes Support Groups

Herpes Support Groups and Herpes Social Groups exist in most major cities in the Australia and online, and we list them all below.

Australian National Herpes Information Hotline  1800 102 200


NEW SOUTH WALES

Sydney Herpes Support Group -
Sydney Sexual Health Centre
A.P.O. Box 1614
Sydney NSW 2001
Australia
Ph: 61 2 382-7440

Sydney Herpes Dating Meetup for Australia STD Singles


Note: This meet up group is not active. Most of the information is out-of0-date information. You may join herpes dating sites like positiveSingles.com to get help from herpes counselor or helpful members. This group may not survive in the future.
Sydney herpes support group
This group only have 80 member. This group is not active.
















When we are diagnosed with STD, we see i becomes more difficult to date some one with a romantic life. But living the STD is not the end of the life. Here, we gathers herpes singles and other STD sinles from Australia together. You don't have to come from Sydney. We welcome all people living with herpes from Australia.

QUEENSLAND 


- Brisbane HRC Group -

P.O. Box 2161
Wellington Point
Brisbane 4160
Tel: 7 382 236 79

Herpes Support Group in Brisbane 


http://groups.msn.com/HerpesinBrisbane


Herpes Resource Centre Support Group - 


PO Box 5429
Alexander Hills Qld 4161
Email: herqld@powerup.com.au

Ph. 0415 991 954


Gold Coast  herpes support group.


http://au.geocities.com/gchfriends/index.htm (website closed)

SOUTH AUSTRALIA  - Adelaide herpes support group - 


Note: This Adeliade herpes support group is closed. You may join herpes dating sites like positiveSingles.com to get help from herpes counselor or helpful members. 

PO Box 3039, Port Adelaide
SA 5015
Ph: Helen :0409 168 661

http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/saherpes/


TASMANIA

http://groups.msn.com/THSSG (The services aren't available )


VICTORIA

- Melbourne Herpes Self Help Group (MHSHG) -

Note: This Melbourne herpes support group is closed. , You may join herpes dating sites like positiveSingles.com to get help from herpes counselor or helpful members. 

P.O. Box. 1044H
Melbourne
Vic 3001
Web : http://home.vicnet.net.au/~mhshg/ (closed websites)


WESTERN AUSTRALIA -Perth Herpes Support & Singles


Note: This is a dead yahoo herpes support group. No update in two years. If you live in Perth or other area in Western Australia, you may join herpes dating sites like positiveSingles.com. It provide amazing help support by the form of blog and forum. You can also get help from the herpes counselor.

https://au.groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/PerthHSupport-Singles/info?tab=s
perth herpes support group
No update from 2014. Dead herpes support group


Perth Herpes Support & Singles is a Public Group with 85 members. Being diagnosed with herpes would have to be one of the most socially unacceptable moments in ones life. We pride ourselves on helping each other to overcome the shock and uncertainty.



Herpes support vancouver, British Columbia Dating singles with herpes in BC

A 2013 study released by Stats Canada found that as many as one in seven Canadians aged 14 to 59 may be infected with HSV-2, with more than 90 per cent of them possibly unaware of their status. If yo living with herpes, you are not alone. There are plenty of people in British Columbia like you.

 Herpes Dating Sites for British Columbia people with herpes


There are several popular herpes dating sites that make it easy for you to talk to and date other singles with genital herpes. Even if you are not yet ready to date again, it can be very comforting and confidence building to see the profiles of the thousands of other single British Columbia people with herpes who are attractive, interesting and probably more honest that many people on regular dating sites. 

#1 PositiveSingles.com



 Positivesingles.com is first recommended for its largest database and privacy settings among STD dating sites in the world. It include herpes, hpv, hiv, and other stds. Online for over 17 years. You are likely to find most members among all the STD dating sites.  PositiveSingles have desktop websites, mobile version for mobile device and IOS app and Android app. You can date on the go. Join PositiveSingles now.



#2 MPWH.com


MPwH is a reputed dating site for people with herpes. The site offers both free membership as well as premium membership, with the former having limited features and the latter offering some additional features.  Join mpwh.com now.



Herpes Support Groups in British Columbia


Vancouver HELP
Note: This a dead yahoo support group. No activity in 2017.
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/vancouverhelp/info
Vancouver HELP is a support group for those people in the Vancouver BC area (Lower Mainland)with Herpes.

Vancouver H Friends

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/vancouverhfriends  (Yahoo Group)
http://www.meetup.com/vancouverhfriends  (Meetup Group) 

Our group is for people with herpes (HSV1, HSV2) and HPV who live in Metro Vancouver (BC Canada).A support group meets fairly regularly and you have to join either Yahoo or Meetup for details about the meetings.


Inland Empire HSV Singles
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/IEHSVsingles/
This group is for adults with herpes (HSV-1 and HSV-2) and HPV in the Inland Empire, Eastern Washington (Spokane), Northern Idaho(Coeur d'Alene or Moscow), Western Montana, Northeastern Oregon, Southeastern BC area. It is a place to meet new people for friendship, dating or romance, mutual support and for help with handling HSV & HPV.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Herpes Support Canada

A 2013 study released by Stats Canada found that as many as one in seven Canadians aged 14 to 59 may be infected with HSV-2, with more than 90 per cent of them possibly unaware of their status.Herpes virus has infected nearly one in five Canadians over age 35, most unaware they have it: 


If you have been recently diagnosed with genital herpes, you may be upset and confused and think your sex life is over.  However, once you settle down and learn the facts, you will realize  that having genital herpes is not the end of the world, and herpes is not the end of  your sex life or your social life.  There are millions of other people out there just like you.  You are not alone!

Canada Herpes Dating Sites


There are several popular Herpes Dating Sites that make it easy for you to talk to and date other singles with genital herpes. Even if you are not yet ready to date again, it can be very comforting and confidence building to see the profiles of the thousands of other single people with herpes who are attractive, interesting and probably more honest that many people on regular dating sites. 

#1 PositiveSingles.com


 Positivesingles.com is first recommended for its largest database and privacy settings amang STD dating sites in the world. It include herpes, hpv, hiv, and other stds. Online for over 17 years. You are likely to find most members among all the STD dating sites.  PositiveSingles have desktop websites, mobile version for mobile device and IOS app and Android app. You can date on the go.

#2 MPWH.com


MPwH is a reputed dating site for people with herpes. The site offers both free membership as well as premium membership, with the former having limited features and the latter offering some additional features. 

Herpes Support Groups in Canada

The Herpes Support Group is here for anyone looking for support in dealing with Herpes. You can join the following  Herpes Support Groups here. Remember that above the herpes dating sites have  herpes counselor and helpful people. You can post your questions on the forum and blog section. You will get reply from experts and ordinary helpful people.

Alberta Herpes Support Groups
Calgary HELP
P.O. Box 21092
665 8th Street SW
Calgary
AB T2P 4H5 
Canada
Tel: (902) 473-2272

British Columbia Herpes Support Groups
Vancouver HELP
P.O. Box 3805 Main Station
Vancouver
BC V6B 3Z1 
Canada
Tel: (604) 641-6261

Victoria Herpes Support Group
P.O. Box 962 Victoria
BC V8W 2R9
Canada
Tel: (604) 975-1411

Manitoba Herpes Support Groups
Winnipeg HELP
Winnipeg, MB
Tel: (204) 940-2200

Groupe de soutien herpes
5410, 2nd Avenue (Masson's corner)
Montreal
Canada
Tel: (514) 571-5533

Nova Scotia Herpies Support Groups
Halifax HELP
c\o Room 5014 ACC Victoria General
Hospital Halifax
Nova Scotia B3H 2Y9
Canada
Tel: (902) 473-2272


Ontario Herpes Support Groups
Hamilton Help
Hamilton
Ontario
Canada
Tel: (905) 523-9671

The Phoenix Association/Toronto HELP
4936 Yonge Street, Suite 134
Toronto
Ontario M2N 6S3
Canada
Tel: 416-449-0876

Saskatchewan Herpes Support Groups
Regina HELP
P.O. Box 4642 Regina
Saskatchewan S4P 3Y3
Canada
Tel: (306) 779-9005
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Quebec Herpes Support Groups
Quebec HELP
Carrefour Pie XII 3500 boul.
Quatre-Bourgeois local 270 Ste Foy
P.Q. G1W 2L2
Canada
Tel: (418) 659-6189

Quebec City Herpes Support Group
Sainte-Foy, QC
Canada
Tel: (418) 659-6189

Halte Sante / Herpes Simplex
Gatineau (Quebec)
(819) 771-2277
a/s de Cap Sante Outaouais

Canada
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 Support and Social Group Ottawa
From the founder, Michele:

Herpes Support and Social Group Ottawa


"H Support and Social Group is strictly for people either coping with or advocating for HSV/HPV. Since learning that I have HSV I found it really difficult to get back into a social or dating scene or even just finding someone I can talk to who understands. I know I speak for majority of people who find out that they have an STD.
My goal for this group is to provide support and new social connections for each other. Events could include anything from movies, board games, night on the town, dinner, hiking, and really anything that members express interest in. I look forward to meeting everyone and hearing your ideas. Let’s work together to make this the largest support group in Ottawa."

To get involved, please visit and sign up at our dedicated MeetUp page. Members can register in confidence and remain anonymous if they so wish.