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What’s New and What’s Not

by Dr. H, Medical Director www.herpes.org

Current Thoughts for People Living with Herpes

I received a question from a nice person the other day who noted that some of my pages had not been updated in awhile. I had to agree, and I thought for a bit about how the stresses and strains of clinical practice make it hard for me to get to the Web as often as I should. I promise to do better, though!

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The Psychological Effects of Herpes

by Sally G. M.S.W.
www.herpes.org

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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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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Herpes.org Survey Results

Data was collected via a voluntary survey of people who had accessed the web site www.herpes.org from January 2002 to December 2006.  6573 people took the survey and the data was tabulated.  A summary of the data collected follows.


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Treatment Options for Genital and Oral Herpes Virus Infections

If one looks back into the medical literature, many different treatment recommendations can be found for herpes infections (HI) going back many decades. Prior to the arrival of effective anti-viral compounds, treatment options included such diverse concepts as topical application of deoxyglucose or the surgical removal of infected areas. The former ultimately was proved to be ineffective, and the latter resulted in individuals having viral recurrences along the surgical scar. Neither, of course, are recommended by anyone today.
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Shedding of Herpes Simplex Virus

by Dr. H., Medical Director   www.herpes.org

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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Alternatives in Intimacy

by Dr. H, Medical Director and Sally G, M.S.W.  www.herpes.org

Sexual Intimacy for People with Herpes

Perhaps the most commonly asked questions that we receive at www.herpes.org pertain to how individuals with Herpes can engage in sexual intimacy with their partner yet avoid transmitting infection. Although there are no guarantees, there are numerous measures that will greatly reduce the risks of infecting a partner during sexual activities. As well, there are different ways to think about sexual intimacy that may be helpful to those with Herpes and their partners.
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