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Bad news: you probably have herpes and don't know it
Vox ^ | 04/23/2014 | by Susannah Locke

Posted on 04/23/2014 2:11:58 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

Yes, I'm talking to you. About 70% of Americans ages 14 to 49 have herpes, that is either the HSV-1 or HSV-2 versions. These viruses used to be clearly demarcated as oral and genital herpes, but these days it's clear that both can cause both types of infections.

Genital herpes is one of the most stigmatized of STI's, and it's far more common than most people think. But learning that you have it might just cause you more social harm than actual good. It's something that experts love to debate. Here are four facts you probably didn't want to know about herpes.

1. There's a good chance that you have herpes

HerpesIf you catch chlamydia or gonorrhea, you can have it treated with antibiotics and it will go away. However, there is no cure for herpes. So once someone has it, she has it for life. Over an entire population, the cases just add up over time. This means that middle-aged adults have some shockingly high herpes rates. For example, 50 to 70 percent of single women aged 45 to 50 have herpes. (By the way, the chart above is for herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2), aka genital herpes. The other type is "oral herpes," HSV-1, although both viruses can infect people in both, um, places.)

2. There's an even higher chance if you're single

Herpes_bauer_et_al_2010Maybe this isn't so surprising. But if you are single, you might want to take a look at the graph above. The red and purple are actual herpes rates. The solid lines are single people, and the dashed lines are people who are married or cohabiting. It's from this paper.

3. If you have herpes, you probably don't know it


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TOPICS: Health/Medicine; Society
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1 posted on 04/23/2014 2:11:58 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Cooties? No cooties on me!


2 posted on 04/23/2014 2:15:28 PM PDT by equaviator (There's nothing like the universe to bring you down to earth.)
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To: SeekAndFind
50 to 70 percent of single women aged 45 to 50 have herpes.

Word to the wise: stay far away from Cougars in singles bars.............

3 posted on 04/23/2014 2:16:12 PM PDT by doorgunner69
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To: SeekAndFind

how about celibate people?


4 posted on 04/23/2014 2:20:10 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: All

Well obviously the best solution to this problem is for more people to have more sex. Fecal sex, sex with animals, sex with dead animals - these are the behaviors that lead to mental peace and physical health.

Along with education. Now that we have been teaching our children properly for the last couple of generations about ‘safe’ sex we um, we... um.....

Well, what we really need to do is just kill all the Christians! They are the real source of conflict and problems on this planet!


5 posted on 04/23/2014 2:20:37 PM PDT by QuisCustodiet1776 (Live free or die.)
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To: SeekAndFind

That chart is racist.


6 posted on 04/23/2014 2:21:05 PM PDT by JaguarXKE (1973: Reporters investigate All the President's Men. 2013: Reporters ARE all the President's men)
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To: SeekAndFind

why do they group white, hispanics, other all together?


7 posted on 04/23/2014 2:22:05 PM PDT by MNDude
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To: doorgunner69
Word to the wise: stay far away from Cougars in singles bars...

No problemo. Happily married to same gal for 39 years. Have zero concern about Herpes.

8 posted on 04/23/2014 2:23:54 PM PDT by JaguarXKE (1973: Reporters investigate All the President's Men. 2013: Reporters ARE all the President's men)
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To: JaguarXKE

didn’t the likes of Al Sharpton accuse the white race of creating all of these diseases in Ancient times?


9 posted on 04/23/2014 2:24:47 PM PDT by Cruz_West_Paul2016
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To: SeekAndFind

So single women and blacks are most likely to have herpes? You could basically call the democrat party the party of herpes. It’d be interesting to see how many conservative women have herpes compared to liberal women.


10 posted on 04/23/2014 2:31:36 PM PDT by MNDude
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To: SeekAndFind

Dr. Oz says 9 out of 10 have it.


11 posted on 04/23/2014 2:35:05 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: MNDude
why do they group white, hispanics, other all together?

It's George Zimmerman's fault.

12 posted on 04/23/2014 2:37:07 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: JaguarXKE

The researchers are racist. That chart proves it.


13 posted on 04/23/2014 2:37:46 PM PDT by South40 (Liberalism is a Disease)
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To: SeekAndFind

It should be looked at like getting a scraped knee while skateboarding. If you’re not trying new tricks, you don’t scrape your knee.


14 posted on 04/23/2014 2:38:03 PM PDT by Slicksadick (We accept the love we think we deserve.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Herpes
15 posted on 04/23/2014 2:38:23 PM PDT by real saxophonist (Disharmonious & Unmutual)
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To: SeekAndFind

Toilet seats?


16 posted on 04/23/2014 2:44:15 PM PDT by WKUHilltopper (And yet...we continue to tolerate this crap...)
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To: MNDude

I wonder how many single women catch these diseases from sitting on toilets in busy public restrooms/and/or using the faucets.


17 posted on 04/23/2014 2:44:28 PM PDT by Cruz_West_Paul2016
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To: MNDude

“It’d be interesting to see how many conservative women have herpes compared to liberal women.”

According to the article, most people don’t know they have it, have no symptoms, so you would never get a count.


18 posted on 04/23/2014 2:47:34 PM PDT by Marcella (Prepping can save your life today. Going Galt is freedom.)
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To: MNDude

Usually to make a statistical disparity less unfavorable to whatever representation they have in mind.


19 posted on 04/23/2014 2:49:05 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: GeronL

“how about celibate people?”

Pretty much everyone gets oral herpes as a little kid.

Has nothing to do with sex.


20 posted on 04/23/2014 2:49:35 PM PDT by TheThirdRuffian (RINOS like Romney, McCain, Christie are sure losers. No more!)
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To: MNDude
So single women and blacks are most likely to have herpes? You could basically call the democrat party the party of herpes.

I've long speculated that toxoplasma gondii parasitic infection from cats has a lot to do with unhinged leftist behavior, but maybe herpes plays a role, too.

21 posted on 04/23/2014 2:52:23 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: SeekAndFind
Herpes? A problem?


22 posted on 04/23/2014 2:54:47 PM PDT by Dallas59 ("Remember me as you pass by, As you are now, so once was I, As I am now, so you will be," -Epitap)
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To: SeekAndFind

23 posted on 04/23/2014 3:08:48 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: SeekAndFind

OH BS! Here comes another medical over-diagnosis. Ok, what’s the freakin drug for this!?


24 posted on 04/23/2014 3:11:10 PM PDT by SgtHooper (I lost my tag!)
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To: SgtHooper

Weed


25 posted on 04/23/2014 3:12:33 PM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: GeronL

That was my question. Will the cooties attack celibate people, too, based on their demographic?


26 posted on 04/23/2014 3:13:41 PM PDT by rabidralph
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To: Marcella

But they are getting a count based on gender/race in the charts in this article. How do they get their data if people may not have symptoms? Never understood that.


27 posted on 04/23/2014 3:16:18 PM PDT by gawatchman
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To: gawatchman
But they are getting a count based on gender/race in the charts in this article. How do they get their data if people may not have symptoms? Never understood that.

They test for the antibodies to herpes. You can be asymptomatic but have herpes. The antibodies will tell if you have it.

28 posted on 04/23/2014 3:34:49 PM PDT by cpdiii (Deckhand, Roughneck, Mud Man, Geologist, Pilot, Pharmacist THE CONSTITUTION IS WORTH DYING FOR!)
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To: gawatchman
But they are getting a count based on gender/race in the charts in this article. How do they get their data if people may not have symptoms? Never understood that.

They test for the antibodies to herpes. You can be asymptomatic but have herpes. The antibodies will tell if you have it.

29 posted on 04/23/2014 3:35:16 PM PDT by cpdiii (Deckhand, Roughneck, Mud Man, Geologist, Pilot, Pharmacist THE CONSTITUTION IS WORTH DYING FOR!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Many microbiologists working and previously worked at the University of Tennessee Microbiology department have Herpes due to the sloppy technique of one of the researchers that is entrenched there working on the virus. Its there I learned to disinfect a microscope often that was in general use, especially in cell culture work.


30 posted on 04/23/2014 3:38:10 PM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: gawatchman
“How do they get their data if people may not have symptoms? Never understood that.”

If they are honest, they can only count the ones who have been diagnosed. They can only guess to get a number of those who don't know they have it and have no symptoms.

I don't remember when I had my first fever blister on the lip when I was a child but I certainly was not sexually active as a child. I've had fever blisters occasionally through life but was always in a monogamous relationship and never anything but that. If simplex one is the only thing that causes a fever blister, then I got it as a child. My parents were married when I was born and stayed married throughout their lives. They were religious and had high standards about behavior and I lived by those rules, too.

Who knew a lip fever blister was a bad thing? Did anyone tell their perspective partner in those days, “By the way, I sometimes have a lip fever blister so you may not want to marry me.”

I read that whole article, and it said simplex one, the lip fever blister, can also cause blisters on the sex organ. I have never heard of that happening - never happened to me. I wonder if there is something else that can cause a lip fever blister? Is it only simplex one that can do that? I need to research that.

31 posted on 04/23/2014 3:42:13 PM PDT by Marcella (Prepping can save your life today. Going Galt is freedom.)
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To: Marcella

If you have ever had a cold sore, that is Herpes-1 (oral) Easy to catch off of door handles, faucets, shopping carts, ......


32 posted on 04/23/2014 3:42:42 PM PDT by B4Ranch (Name your illness, do a Google & YouTube search with "hydrogen peroxide". Do it and be surprised.)
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To: SeekAndFind

The women may feel ‘liberated’, but they have ‘a gift’ for men that are not careful. Best bet - if they’re over 30, take a pass - there’s plenty that are younger and NOT infected.


33 posted on 04/23/2014 3:48:44 PM PDT by BobL
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To: Sacajaweau

If he’s talking about herpes simplex, the cold sore herpes he could be right.


34 posted on 04/23/2014 3:53:22 PM PDT by DManA
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To: gawatchman

I found this below. It appears the majority of people will get simplex one as a child. My parents certainly didn’t look at everyone’s lips before they kissed me as a child and maybe one of them had a lip blister and kissed me. Here is what I found:

“Most people are first infected before they are 10 years old.

Prevention:
To help to prevent a first herpes infection in children do not let them be kissed by anyone who has cold sores, fever blisters or signs of a first herpes infection. However, HSV-1 is very common. Most children will be infected by the time they reach adulthood. Several different vaccines are being developed against HSV (types 1 and 2), but these appear to protect only people who have never been infected.

There is evidence that using sunscreen on your lips will prevent cold sores caused by sun exposure. Antiviral medicines may prevent cold sores from forming. In certain situations, your dentist or physician may prescribe these medicines. If you expect to encounter a known trigger, a medicine taken in advance can decrease the chance of a cold sore.”


35 posted on 04/23/2014 3:55:50 PM PDT by Marcella (Prepping can save your life today. Going Galt is freedom.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Whew!

Fortunately for me, I have no sex life.


36 posted on 04/23/2014 4:09:57 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Marcella

Wow! First time I’ve ever read or heard that. Would you provide your source on this please. Thank you.


37 posted on 04/23/2014 4:10:39 PM PDT by miele man
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To: Marcella; All

I have found that raw honey patted on a fever blister works just as well, if not better than that tiny little tube of Abreva, which is pretty expensive.

Good raw honey is a helpful item in the family medicine cabinet. Google search for it’s may uses.

But, NEVER give it to infants under 1 year of age!


38 posted on 04/23/2014 4:17:16 PM PDT by jacquej ("It is the peculiar quality of a fool to perceive the faults of others and to forget his own.")
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To: EEGator

What...the...heck...is...that


39 posted on 04/23/2014 4:29:51 PM PDT by ViLaLuz (2 Chronicles 7:14)
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To: miele man

It’s a report from the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine.

http://www.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Articles/Oral-and-Dental-Health-Basics/Common-Concerns/Canker-Sores-Cold-Sores-Infections/article/Cold-Sores-and-Fever-Blisters.cvsp


40 posted on 04/23/2014 4:31:12 PM PDT by Marcella (Prepping can save your life today. Going Galt is freedom.)
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To: ViLaLuz

A herpes puppet to teach kids about the dangers of unprotected sex.

It’s a comedy skit from The Chappelle Show.


41 posted on 04/23/2014 4:47:43 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: jacquej

Good suggestion and I would add, “raw” honey means honey that comes from a local beekeeper and not store bought which means it has been pasteurized which ruins all the “good stuff” in honey.

Moreover, honey will run after it warms to body temperature so you will have to replace it frequently. Best thing would be to put it on in the evening (not out in public) and cover with a small bandage. A bit of a fuss but one you’ll be glad you made, jacquej is right.


42 posted on 04/23/2014 4:52:18 PM PDT by miele man
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To: Tijeras_Slim

Lol :)


43 posted on 04/23/2014 4:58:03 PM PDT by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: QuisCustodiet1776
Kill a Christian—cure chlamydia. Just like raping a virgin 2 year old in South Africa cures AIDS.
44 posted on 04/23/2014 5:03:03 PM PDT by Roman_War_Criminal (Bible Summary in a few verses: John 14:6, John 6:29, Romans 10:9-10)
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To: Marcella

People with fever blisters - oral herpes - need to know there’s another form of herpes most people haven’t heard of: ocular herpes, which is one of the leading causes of blindness, actually. It can be passed from someone with active cold sores to another person’s or their own eye.

Its symptoms are occasionally confused with pinkeye but it’s far more unpleasant and serious. I got my infection as an eight year old from a grandmother with cold sores who knew not to kiss me near my lips but didn’t realize my eye was a problem. It’s not fun and I wish more people knew about it so they could take the proper steps.


45 posted on 04/23/2014 5:07:24 PM PDT by JenB
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To: doorgunner69

Thankfully I’m married now—been so for 4 years, but cougars are literally teenage boys when it comes to sex drive. These numbers don’t surprise me.


46 posted on 04/23/2014 5:07:54 PM PDT by Roman_War_Criminal (Bible Summary in a few verses: John 14:6, John 6:29, Romans 10:9-10)
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To: JaguarXKE

Data be racis....


47 posted on 04/23/2014 5:31:03 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: JenB

One of my children got “herpes” in her eye as a child, also. She had a terrible cold anyway, and then she was poked in the eye with a stick, which broke her cornea. Thru the process of crying as a result of the injury, she rubbed her eye and transferred the virus to her eye.

It cost thousands of dollars to treat her over the years. One tiny vial of ‘viroptic’ cost $60 dollars at the time.

Eventually, she needed a cornea transplant. If she breaks out in a coldsore infection, which she does when under severe stress, or over sun exposure, the treated eye will hurt.

She uses L-lysine on a regular basis to ward off the cold sore attacks, and she swears by it.

She got the coldsores from ME when she was only a year and a half old. I didn’t know that it was transferrable. Neither did my mom when she gave it to me as an infant.

Some people are much more suseptible to it than others. My oldest child doesn’t have it and I kissed on her, too. The youngest two have it, but the middle one is the worst.

As an adult, learning that it was contagious caused behavior changes for me. It’s rare for me to break out, but when I do, I avoid kissing others, and make sure my hands are very clean very often. I’ve found that antifungals help me a ton. I can use athletes foot type creams, or even vaginal yeast type creams like monistat, and it will kill a coldsore even before it’s fully broken out. They go away in a few days rather than a couple of weeks.

I don’t know why it works, but it does. My doctor doesn’t know why it works, but it does. It relieves the itching immediately, relieves the pain, and it begins to heal.

I tried the L-lysine and it does nothing for me. Guess it depends on a person’s system.

It’s a huge relief NOT to have to worry about this beastly disease on the other end!


48 posted on 04/23/2014 6:25:45 PM PDT by PrairieLady2
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To: EEGator

Thanks for the explanation. It wouldn’t shock me to actually see Sesame Street pull a stunt like that.


49 posted on 04/23/2014 6:42:29 PM PDT by ViLaLuz (2 Chronicles 7:14)
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To: SeekAndFind

This should be posted on pro abortion, pro homosexual and pro obama blogs. Only people on FR who this will effect are trolls.


50 posted on 04/23/2014 7:11:47 PM PDT by Linda Frances (Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness.)
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