Lets face it, Herpes is one of the most common sexually transmitted virus in the U.S. While many don’t like to talk about this issue, 1 in 5 adults and adolescents carry the virus. In many occasions, Herpes can be spread from person to person and through various forms of sexual activity.
While the disease is mostly prevalent to people ages 14-49, anyone can suffer from Herpes. Sadly, most don’t even know that they’re suffering from it because they don’t show any symptoms; this factor makes it one of the more dangerous STDs.
At the current moment, there is no known cure for genital herpes, and while those infected can still practice safe sex, there’s necessary precautions to take. That said, there are some medicines that can reduce sores and blisters, or make them go away quicker. The only true way to avoid an STD is abstinence, but for those who still plan to have sex, using a condom 100% of the time is necessary.
Most people know little or no facts about Herpes, so having the correct information about it not only makes it easier for you, but it makes it easier for your partner and those around you. Having open and honest dialogue with your partner is a must as there’s no need to be embarrassed or afraid. If this is someone you can open your body up to, then you can have an adult discussion beforehand to ensure both of you are safe.
Take for example, AIDS Healthcare Foundation ambassador Jenelle Marie Pierce, who contracted the disease in college. Since then, she’s made it her mission to educate others on the importance of knowing the ins and outs of the disease, while also reassuring those infected that everything is OK.
Check out a series of videos she’s put together below.
While there’s no need to panic, there is a need to pay attention. In addition to learning and studying the disease, we encourage you all to have more conversations about the disease with friends and family so that they too can spread the knowledge. Let’s all work towards a safer and healthier society.