HSV-2 (Genital Herpes)

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HSV-2 (Genital Herpes)
HSV-2 (Genital Herpes)

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It’s tough, lonely, and it feels like your whole world has crashed down on you from one moment to the next. Feeling ashamed is normal when it comes to coping with this. When you’ve spent almost your whole life being told that STDs are THE WORST THING EVER (tm) and that only “whores”, “sluts”, and low-class people get them, it’s tough not to internalize it. And then when you get your own diagnosis, it can feel like you’re suddenly one of those undesirables that no one wants to be with because again, STDs are THE WORST THING EVER (tm). 

The good thing is that none of this is true. Herpes, like every other STD, is just something that is passed through sex and it’s just doing what it’s…

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 Just Diagnosed

The good thing is that none of this is true. Herpes, like every other STD, is just something that is passed through sex and it’s just doing what it’s designed to do. You didn’t do anything wrong by having sex and the universe isn’t trying to punish you.

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It will just take 5 minutes to read this research report. By the end of 5 minutes you will know how to eliminate outbreaks caused by Herpes Simplex Virus using effective treatments that provide results fast.


Genital herpes is a common STD, and most people with genital herpes infection do not know they have it.

Getting Genital Herpes from Oral Herpes & Vice Versa

HSV-2 is usually the strain of herpes responsible for causing genital herpes, but genital cases caused by HSV-1 are becoming more common as oral sex is becoming less taboo. Approximately one-fifth of the U.S. population older than the age of 13 has genital herpes. Genital herpes is most commonly spread during vaginal or anal sex, however, an individual with genital herpes can spread it to their partner’s mouth, causing them to contract oral herpes.


Genital herpes is usually a sexually transmitted infection. Many people infected with this virus never have symptoms, but can still pass on the infection to others. If symptoms occur, they can range from a mild soreness to painful blisters on the genitals and surrounding area.


Herpes is an infection caused by a virus, either Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 (HSV-1) or Herpes Simplex Virus Type 2 (HSV-2.) Although most Genital Herpes infections are caused by HSV-2 and most Oral Herpes infections are caused by HSV-1, we now know that either virus, Type 1 or Type 2 can cause blisters or sores known as Genital Herpes.

The Overblown Stigma of Genital Herpes

For many people living with this common disease, the most debilitating symptoms are shame and isolation.


Being diagnosed with genital herpes can be an emotional and distressing experience, and it is important to speak with your healthcare provider about how to manage symptoms and avoid passing the virus to sexual partners. Counseling and support groups can also be beneficial to individuals living with genital herpes infection.

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