Know the truth about these common myths and misconceptions regarding herpes
Herpes, one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) is an infection caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). Herpes occurs in two forms, both of which can be transmitted sexually. These are Genital herpes, which affects the genital or anal area, and Oral herpes, which can affect other parts of the body, including the skin and the eyes. Characterized by sores and blisters that can be quite painful, herpes is especially dangerous for those with weak immune systems.
Although this disease is quite common, its existence is shrouded by a number of myths and beliefs, and has an attached stigma to it. Here are eight common myths about herpes and the truth regarding them, which will help you understand the disease better.
Contrary to popular belief, herpes is not a rare disease. One in every six people between the ages of 14 to 49 years is affected by genital herpes in the United States. It is more widespread in women as compared to men, with approximately 25 percent women developing herpes against 16.7 percent men.
Herpes can be transmitted even from a single sexual encounter. Genital herpes is quite common, and most people are not even aware that they have it, owing to the absence of symptoms. You can place yourself at risk every time you have unprotected sexual intercourse, even with the one you love. Since a person can have herpes for months or even years without realizing it, he or she can pass the virus onto another person without knowing it.
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