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 […]

An Op-Ed about STD Stigma – Part 3

Stigma

This essay was submitted anonymously after the author participated in the STD Interviews. This is part 3 of a 3 part series. Statistics help to show just how common STDs are. According to the CDC, genital herpes is one of the most common STDs, and in the United States, about 1 in 5 people are infected. […]

An Op-Ed about STD Stigma – Part 2

Stigma

This essay was submitted anonymously after the author participated in the STD Interviews. This is part 2 of a 3 part series. The fact of the matter is, if you’re having sex, you are putting yourself at risk for an STD, and you should be getting tested for STDs. Most STDs don’t have symptoms, and the person […]

An Op-Ed about STD Stigma – Part 1

Stigma

This essay was submitted anonymously after the author participated in the STD Interviews. This is part 1 of a 3 part series. Many people toss around jokes as if the only way they can get an STD is to sleep with tons of people. In high school, almost daily, girls bashed each other with names like […]

Post Molluscum Contagiosum – After the STD Interview

Molluscum

Of the many messages we receive from our readers, there’s one type we never tire of, and that’s a success story. A little over a year ago, this reader reached out anonymously via the contact form and shared her STD Interview with us. Recently, she sent a follow-up message to let us know the molluscum contagiosum she […]