Herpes

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Addressing the Consequences of Herpes Stigma

There is a ridiculous amount of stigma associated with genital herpes infection. It pervades pop culture. Read about the impact and social consequences. Have you ever referred to glitter as craft herpes?Have you ever laughed when a friend said "She...

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My Partner's Cold Sores Gave Me Genital Herpes

Many people are surprised to learn that it is possible to end up with a genital herpes infection if your partner has cold sores via oral sex. Many people are not aware that cold sores or fever blisters are the symptoms of oral herpes. Nor do...

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Herpes

Cold sores and genital herpes are caused by similar viruses that are contagious and recur. Reviewed by a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist.

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Are Cold Sores and Fever Blisters Caused by Colds?

Do you get cold sores every time you get sick? Is your cold actually causing them? Find out what is going on and what you can do about it. Cold sores—also known as fever blisters—are not caused by the common cold but they are related. They are...

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How to Tell Your Partner You Have Genital Herpes

When you have genital herpes, it can be very difficult to bring up your condition with a romantic partner. Use these tips and script to get started. When you have genital herpes, it can be very difficult to bring up your condition with a new...

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Is Chickenpox Herpes?

Learn about Herpesviridae, commonly known as herpes, and why chickenpox is actually caused by the herpes virus. Herpes is a highly stigmatized word and one that most people don't want to be associated with. That's why some people balk when they hear...

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Effective Treatments for Herpes

Learn how herpes simplex types 1 and 2 can be treated, but not cured, with over the counter antiviral cream or with oral prescriptions. Oral herpes, normally caused by HSV type 1, and genital herpes, normally caused by HSV type 2, are both treatable...

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Living With Herpes

One in eight Americans has genital herpes. If you've received the diagnosis, know that you can still date, fall in love, and have sex. If you've been diagnosed with genital herpes, the discussion with your doctor may have been a life-changing...

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What Does a Herpes Rash Look Like?

Learn about the herpes virus, which can cause a painful rash in the genital area, mouth, or other places on the body, plus see photos. There are two types of herpes virus infections: type 1 (HSV-1) and type 2 (HSV-2). You might be surprised that...

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Causes and Risk Factors of Herpes

Herpes simplex virus (HSV) 1 is spread by skin contact and causes mouth ulcers. HSV-2 is sexually transmitted, causing genital ulcers for males and females. Herpes infections are caused by herpes simplex virus (HSV) types 1 and 2. These viruses are...

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