Top 5 myths about herpes | Herpes Dating
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that about two thirds of the world’s population under the age of 50 has been infected by a form of Herpes. Despite this figure, it is still taboo to talk about the STD. Now, it’s time to set the record straight on one of the most common STDs. Here are the 5 common myths being spread about Herpes.
Myth#1: Only a certain group of people can get herpes
Well, don’t be deceived about that Anybody who has ever had sex is at risk of acquiring the std. It is not about being good or bad, clean or dirty – it is about being normal. Herpes is caused by two strains of a virus -the herpes simplex type 1 (HSV-1) and herpes simplex type 2 (HSV-2). The first strain (HSV-1) affects 80% of the population and often manifests itself as ‘cold sores’ on the mouth. Most people with the virus do not show symptoms so it comes as no surprise that they are not aware of it
Myth#2: If you get intimate with someone infected, you get it too
There is a common school of thought that whenever you sleep with a partner who is infected then you too get herpes. This is not true. The infection can ONLY be passed on from one person to another when the infected person is having an ‘outbreak’ at the time of coitus. To avoid being infected, abstain as using a condom does not give you 100% protection.
Myth#3: Herpes ‘cold sores’ on the mouth aren’t the same as genital herpes
Well, that’s a big lie. As previously mentioned, cold sores that show on the mouth (face) are brought about by the HSV-1 virus. This strain can be transmitted to the genitalia through oral sex (could be cunnilingus or fellatio). In fact, 40 % of genital herpes cases are caused by the HSV-1 virus.
Myth#4: There is a cure for herpes
Unfortunately, there is no cure for a herpes infection. Once you get it, you have it for life. Note that there are anti-viral medications to help ease the symptoms of an infection (healing of sores) but that’s all People have been infected are advised to manage symptoms. If for instance, stress leads to an outbreak then learn to manage it
Myth#5: Herpes can be transmitted through blood
HSV-1 and HSV-2 are not present in blood. So, this statement is not true. A person infected with herpes can donate blood because the virus is only transmitted through skin-to-skin contact (orally and genitally).