You would be surprised how common herpes is. Many people who have it do not even know that they have the disease. Many people do not know the real fads about it and this may be a reason why people are contracting it and others spreading it to healthy people. Here are my top 5 present myths about herpes.
1. Spread by sharing objects.
Herpes virus cannot be spread through using the same objects as someone who is infected. Many people believe it can be spread through toilet seats and sharing towels. Organisms that cause herpes cannot survive outside the human body for a long period of time. You can have normal contact with people and even date people without them contracting the disease.
2. Only spread by having sex.
Herpes is not transmitted only through sex. It can be passed on through skin-to-skin contact. That means kissing, touching, vaginal and oral sex can all lead to the spread of the disease. Some people think that only promiscuous people can get it but this is not true. It only takes one time contact with someone who is infected.
3. Infertility and in fact transmission.
Herpes does not lead to infertility and does not always infect a new born. This is a common concern among women who have contracted the disease. This is good news because herpes has no effect on you fertility and it has a higher transmission rate only if you are having a break out at the time of the birth. Other times the baby will be healthy and there are ways to reduce transmission.
4. No sores, no Herpes.
Herpes can lay dormant in your body without any symptoms for years. In fact, about 50-80% of people who have it do not know that they do. Having no symptoms does not mean that you are Herpes free. The symptoms can appear and disappear from time to time. However, this does not mean that all blisters on the genitals and mouth area are a symptom. The only way to know for sure is to get tested. If you’re dating someone, it is advisable for the both of you to get tested regularly.
5. Herpes is curable.
Unfortunately, herpes is not a curable disease. Once you contract the disease you will have to live with it forever. However, the good news is that the symptoms can lay dormant for years at a time and you can take medication to manage them and reduce their effect on your life when you have a break out.
Getting the right information is key in dealing with herpes. Whether you have already contracted the disease or your partner has it or you just want to prevent yourself from contracting it. Make sure to research about it from credible sources or ask your doctor about it.
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