HIV Resources – Info, Testing, Stigma, Meds, Etc.

HIV

Information about HIV & AIDS The Body Their mission is to use the web to lower barriers between patients and clinicians, demystify HIV/AIDS and its treatment, improve the quality of life for all people living with HIV/AIDS, and foster community through human connection The CDC’s HIV Resource For those who are living with HIV and […]

Talking to Your Kids About STDs & Safer Sex

Safer Sex

Reader Submitted Question: I’m a 37-year-old nurse, and yesterday, I was diagnosed with herpes. I thought I had a pimple that just wouldn’t go away, but my practitioner started me on treatment yesterday. Long story short, I led a very active sex life when I was a teen. I don’t want my 12-year-old daughter to […]

Kirsty Spraggon on Living with Herpes – Happy Hump Day Podcasts

Herpes

I am pleased as punch to bring you today’s special guest, Kirsty Spraggon from KirstyTV.com! Kirsty graciously offered to be interviewed for a podcast, after having recently ‘come out’ publicly about living with herpes to her viewers, all of YouTube, and a rapt TEDx audience. Kirsty is both eloquent and inspirational, and I think you will […]

Herpes and Pregnancy – Everything You Need to Know

Herpes and Pregnancy

This guest post was written by one of our contributors, Internist, Dr. Marina Gafanovich, MD. Women who have been diagnosed with genital herpes (HSV1 or HSV2) often have some concerns about how the condition will affect their pregnancy and their unborn baby. While it is possible for a baby to become infected with herpes during delivery, […]

Should I Tell Past Partners I Have a Sexually Transmitted Infection?

Partner Notification

Reader Submitted Question: I am in my 20′s, and I contracted HSV1 when I was a teenager. I had sexual contact with one male and had safe sex with another male, and both did not know I carried the virus then. I have struggled for the last few years with HSV1 but have a supportive family & boyfriend. […]

What is my risk of contracting herpes? Herpes Transmission Risk II

Risk of Contracting Herpes

Acquired Immune Response This is where HSV transmission risk gets a little more complicated. If you already have one strain of HSV, you’re less likely to contract an additional strain or the same strain in a new location. It is certainly possible, and people do contract more than one strain of the herpes virus or […]

What is my risk of spreading herpes? Herpes Transmission Risk

Herpes Transmission Risk

One of the most common questions we receive is about herpes transmission and the risk of spreading the virus to a new partner. HSV1 & HSV2 is transmitted via skin-to-skin contact – not bodily fluids, blood, surfaces, towels, bedding, toilets, or otherwise, just skin-to-skin contact. From there, inoculation must also occur for the infection to […]

How many outbreaks will I get? Herpes Outbreaks

Herpes Outbreaks

HSV affects everyone a little differently. Some people are bothered by frequent cold sores and/or genital herpes outbreaks, and others are not. How much of a physical impact the virus has on someone’s body is primarily the result of four factors: how well a person’s immune system is able to combat the infection, how long […]