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New York Times contributor Eric Sabo writes about genital herpes, “the largest epidemic no one wants to talk about.” Genital herpes spreads so easily because many people don’t realize they have an infection and typical safe sex practices, like wearing condoms, do not completely prevent spread of the virus.
Here are five things experts say you should know about protecting yourself against herpes: More >
Recurrent genital herpes outbreaks will occur after a period of herpes dormancy. The amount of time that herpes lies dormant varies by person (each person’s health, immune system and overall biology is different). Genital herpes stays at the base of the spine (in the sacral ganglia), invisible until something triggers the herpes symptoms. It wakes up and makes its way to the surface of the skin to generally end up at the original site of herpes infection. More >
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The very first genital herpes outbreak tends to be the most severe, so don’t think that it’s representative of what you’ll be experiencing for the rest of your life! The experience gets much easier to handle. I promise. When you first get herpes, the body hasn’t had a chance to develop any immunity to resist the herpes virus. This foreign intruder launches a sneak attack on the body before it has adequate time to prepare a proper defense. With time, the severity and how often the herpes outbreaks occur lessen as the body builds immunity. More >