Herpes is an embarrassing and shameful disease, and incurable. Tons of Herpes jokes are made from time to time in Hollywood movies, disgracing Herpes sufferers and attributing them as promiscuous humans; which in our opinion is silly and bordering stupid. It is usually classified as an STD (Sexually Transmitted Disease). The fact is, more than half of the world’s population probably suffer from one form of Herpes or another. There is nothing embarrassing about Herpes, except for the fact that it is highly contagious. We are here today to bring light into this disease and hopefully, move a step closer into creating true cures for billions of people who might be suffering from this disease.
What is Herpes?
Herpes is caused by the Herpes Simplex Virus, and most commonly appear in the genitals and the mouth. There are two types of Herpes, known as HSV-1 and HSV-2. HSV-1 usually causes cold sores or fever blisters around the mouth, though it can be spread to other body areas as well. In contrast, HSV-2 usually causes blisters and pimples in the genital areas, which is why it is known as Genital Herpes. Sufferers of Herpes can take comfort in the fact that there will be no major disruption to your life, except for the occasional outbreaks. Sadly, many people once diagnosed with Herpes, will go down a cycle of self-deprecating and hate. It is our mission here to tell you not to be afraid, there will not be a major disruption to your life.
Is Herpes transmissible?
Herpes is a highly contagious disease. A person can contract Genital Herpes through sexual contact such as vaginal, oral or anal sex with infected patients. It is estimated that 20% of the people in the US are sufferers of HSV-2. Similarly, for HSV-1, infections can happen from simple activities such as eating from the same utensils, kissing and even sharing lip balm. This type of Herpes virus explains why there is billions of people in the world suffering from Herpes. Given that Herpes sufferers usually display no symptoms, infection is exponentiated when sufferers continue their sexual activities in an irresponsible manner.
What causes Herpes?
Herpes is caused by direct contact from the fluids which exist in the Herpes sore. As the virus can also be released through the skin, a person could get infected as well even if there are no visible sores on the infected person’s body (CDC, 2017). The risk of getting Herpes is directly proportionate to the length of exposure to the infection.
How can we fight against Herpes?
The modern media has labelled Herpes in an embarrassing fashion. However, there is really no major disruption to a person’s life except for the occasional outbreaks, which will actually pass with time. One major risk factor however, is the fact that most patients with Herpes are more susceptible to infection from HIV. Caution is thus urged to practice moderation and responsible behaviours.
I do have friends who suffer from Herpes and they continue their lives as per normal. There is no major disruption to their lives. Yet, there are also people who get overly depressed about having Herpes. The best way to fight against Herpes is to be healthy, plain and simple. Exercise more, handle stress with fun and excitement, and eat healthily. That is the best defence against Herpes. A healthy physical, mental and emotional state can do wonders for most incurable diseases.
Of course, there are also medication a person can take to fight against Herpes. Usual prescriptions include acyclovir, famciclovir and valacyclovir. It is amazing how after decades, and billions of dollars spent on treatment drugs, a cure has not been found yet for this disease. We want to change that, will you help us?