Myths and Facts About Herpes

Wednesday, 01 Dec 2010 03:06 PM

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Debunking myths about genital Herpes is extremely important so people can education themselves about the condition and take immediate action by seeking medical treatment if they notice any signs of the condition. Some myths and facts about Herpes are:

1. One of the most common Herpes myths is that the condition leads to symptoms that include itchy sores that do not disappear easily. The truth is these problems usually disappear as soon as the condition is treated properly. While a few of us seem to be more prone to recurrent attacks and relapses of the condition, others who are afflicted with the condition may be almost asymptomatic. 
 
2.Another myth about Herpes regards the source of contracting the STD. Some believe that Herpes can be contracted from the toilet seat. The truth is there is absolutely no medical evidence to suggest that the virus can survive on a toilet seat. Considering the biological facts, genital Herpes is a rather weak virus that does not survive upon exposure to air. Thus, getting genital Herpes from a toilet seat is one of the most common genital Herpes myths.
 
 
3.  Other myths and facts about Herpes revolve around the topic of sex. One myth says that people can never have sex after they are diagnosed with Herpes. The truth is that one must be careful and take preventive measures to avoid a relapse. Herpes is always contagious, regardless of the presence of sores or their absence. You should abstain from sex if and when you have sores to ensure that you protect your partner from Herpes.
 
4. One of the biggest myths about Herpes is that genital Herpes can cause sterility. The truth is that this virus does not render a person sterile and there is no medical basis that supports this myth. Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) like Chlamydia are known to cause sterility. So, if sterility is a problem, a good idea would be to consult a doctor or medical practitioner to test for other STDs.
 
5. Another common myth is that you can only get Herpes if you are promiscuos. The truth is, even one sexual partner can transmit the virus. Having multiple partners only enhances the risk of contracting other STDs that are more dangerous than Herpes.

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