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The Psychological Effects of Herpes

by Sally G. M.S.W.

Acceptance and Adjustment

Sadly, in much of society, a stigma is associated with the Herpes virus. And, for unknown reasons, it is the “go to” sexually transmitted disease (STD) in pop culture when the goal is to ridicule or shame someone. Jokes about Herpes or about people possibly having the virus appear regularly in movies, television, radio, and on the Internet.
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Herpes Simplex Infections

by Dr. H., Medical Director

What is Herpes?

Herpes is a virus, specifically “herpesvirus hominus”. Simplex is a sub-category of that family. Simplex falls into five categories, types 1, 2, 6, 7, and 8. Generally type I infects the mouth in humans and type II affects the genital tract, but there is a substantial overlap. Type 6 and 7 cause an infection of infancy and Type 8 has been associated with Kaposi’s Sarcoma which is seen in HIV.
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Smart Living with Genital Herpes

by Dr. H., Medical Director

Living with genital herpes as a chronic health condition is a relatively straightforward process. And while outbreaks can certainly be a nuisance, it is the individual’s outlook on life and degrees of fatigue, anxiety, and stress that can complicate the management of the virus.

The message of this paper is that through some basic education and awareness, people with genital herpes can feel more at peace with the condition as they achieve excellent control of the disease, avoid spreading it elsewhere on the body, prevent family members from catching it, and significantly lower the risk of transmitting the infection to their partner.

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Top 10 Herpes Questions

This page gives straight-forward answers to many of the top several questions asked by the clients using These questions will be kept as current as new information surfaces and clients’ needs change. External sites mentioned will open in a new window.

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Herpes Questions answered by the Dr

Dr. H. has answered many questions since we started this feature on Herpes.Org back in 1998.  Please know that he diligently responds to each question personally, and now we have accumulated much of this information for your benefit.

Please note that nothing written on this page or anywhere else on Herpes.Org should be construed as either medical advice OR establishing a physician-patient relationship.  If you have any medical issues, we ask that you visit a health practitioner licensed to practice medicine in your own locality.

These questions are not in any particular order, but rather reflect the broad range of the sorts of questions that we answer.
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10 Things You Need to Know about Preventing Outbreaks Without Drugs

by Michele Picozzi

Whether or not you take drugs to suppress future outbreaks of HSV-1 (facial herpes) and HSV-2 (genital herpes), to get outbreaks under control a strong immune system is necessary. With some positive lifestyle and dietary changes and adding certain dietary supplements and herbs you can decrease the frequency, length, and severity of outbreaks.

As a society, we take better care of our cars, pets, and toys than we do ourselves. We often sacrifice sleep, regular meals, and exercise in pursuit of our goals. Too often we end up out of balance.
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Shedding of Herpes Simplex Virus

by Dr. H., Medical Director

Earlier in the history of the understanding of herpes infections the medical and social management of the diseases caused by these viruses seemed easy: Patients were told to avoid having physical contact with possibly susceptible areas of other persons’ bodies when obvious symptoms were present, such as redness or blisters. Yet, a tremendous increase of persons now harboring herpes simplex virus in the genital area has occurred over the last twenty years. This vast growth in the numbers of herpes sufferers – now totaling over fifty million people in America alone – has not seemed to be readily explained by the much, much smaller number of persons who actually had obvious genital infections.

This information has caused scientists to examine how the virus spreads. The conclusions have been nothing short of astonishing. 
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Protecting Uninfected Partners

Important Results from a New Study
by Dr. H., Medical Director

The 2004 publication of the results of a major scientific study on genital herpes has given new hope to couples in which one partner has herpes and the other does not. In January, 2004, in the New England Journal of Medicine, the results of a multicenter, randomized, clinical trial was published. This landmark study has offered new hope to these “discordant” couples, in which person has genital herpes and the other does not.
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