Support Groups and Websites About Herpes

Hi Readers,

We thought we’d put up a short post with some links to useful websites for those dealing with the herpes virus.  These websites are not ranked from best to worst nor have we evaluated them in great depth.  But we have looked through them all and think they might be helpful for individuals looking for helpful information.  Hope you find this list useful!

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Can Just Kissing Spread Oral Herpes?

Oral herpes (HSV 1) causes blisters primarily around the mouth, but occasionally spreads elsewhere.  One often hears these breakouts referred to as “cold sores” or “fever blisters” but that is somewhat misleading.  Yes, a herpes breakout has cold sores, but not all cold sores are herpes.  Oral herpes is a VERY common infection.  Although some carriers may never or only very rarely experience an active herpes outbreak, recent studies show that up to 57% of people in the US are carriers.  This is not to scare anyone since many people with the virus will never experience a breakout.  This type of herpes is transmittable through contact with the saliva or the herpes blisters of a person with an active outbreak. So that means it is very possible to spread the herpes virus from only kissing.  It is also possible, though less common, that herpes type 1 might spread to genital regions through oral sex.

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Can Children Get Herpes?

happy kids 300x167 Can Children Get Herpes?People of any age are susceptible to the herpes virus.  Although it is highly unlikely that a young person would come in contact with genital herpes (HSV-2), oral herpes can be contracted at any point in life.  If you are raising a young child and are a carrier of the virus, it is very important to be aware of your own outbreaks and be sure that you are touching your child as infrequently as possible during an active outbreak.  Contact your pediatrician and discuss proper strategies for minimizing contact with your child during outbreaks and be sure to use a reputable herpes treatment to keep your outbreaks as infrequent and mild as possible.

Common Genital Herpes Symptoms

It is important to understand that not all cases of genital herpes have the same symptoms.  Before you seek a treatment for herpes, you should become familiar with some of the common symptoms so that you know whether or not you have contracted the virus.  Many people will assume that they have come in contact with the virus from a tingling or mild discomfort in the genital region.  But this doesn’t necessarily mean that what you are experiencing is a sign of genital herpes.

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Dealing With Depression

sad girl 300x168 Dealing With DepressionHi readers!  We wanted to touch on a topic that is related to herpes in some cases, but is a broader subject that people who have not contracted the herpes virus must deal with as well.  The topic for today is depression.  Since we are certainly not psychologists or therapists of any kind, this post is not an effort to give out professional or specific advice.  We just thought it would be wise to have a short discussion about depression since some sufferers of herpes are put into depressive states at some point or another while learning to deal with the virus.

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Why Honesty Is The Best Policy With Herpes

Hello readers!  Just wanted to start this post with a disclaimer that this post is merely an opinion and by no means fact.  Please just read it, and come to your own conclusions.  It’s an article that we read awhile ago and thought it was a smart, concise opinion that was well explained.  It’s about why this individual thinks all people infected with the herpes virus should be completely honest with any and all potential partners.  Hope you enjoy!

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Can Oral Herpes Become Genital Herpes?

The question today is whether or not oral herpes can spread and become genital herpes and vice versa.  The answer is a resounding yes.  The most common way that oral herpes is spread to the genital region is through oral sex.  For more on how to avoid the spreading of herpes in this manner, please read on…

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Does Herpes Effect My Physical Fitness?

The answer is absolutely not.  This is myth that thankfully has not been spread widely.  Herpes is a virus that does not have a cure and that fact is inescapable.  But if one uses a herpes treatment, the outbreaks can be minimized significantly.  Either way, contracting the herpes virus will have no effect on a person’s ability to be physical and active through life.

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Herpes and Pregnancy

Thankfully, it is an uncommon occurrence for a mother that carries the herpes virus to spread it to her newborn child during pregnancy.  However, this is not to say that the virus will never be passed on during delivery so it is important to get all of the facts from a medical professional.  If an outbreak is present during the actual delivery, the risk increases that the virus could be passed along.

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Is Genital Herpes Ever Life-Threatening?

Genital herpes, although sometimes very uncomfortable and certainly socialized stigmatized, is never life threatening.  This is not to say that the disease shouldn’t be taken extremely seriously however.  It is important to learn all about the condition if you have contracted it in order to minimize the severity of the outbreaks.  Using a reputable herpes treatment and understanding the disease will make living with herpes very tolerable.