Suffering from blisters of herpes simplex virus isn’t a new thing in America. More than 85 million people have suffered from it at some point in their life. Interestingly, most of them suffered from disease when they were less than 3 years old! It also spreads rapidly because whenever those uncles and aunties kiss that little baby the virus automatically injects itself in their blood.
You saw how easy it’s to get infected by this virus? That’s why it’s so popular. And when something becomes popular, it’s not surprising to see a lot of debate over it. This debate often gives birth to several myths, which should be clarified by educating people with the facts because getting rid of myths is insanely important for protecting ourselves. So in this article I want to talk about the 7 myths and facts related to herpes:
Myth #1: Herpes simplex virus attacks only certain type of people
Fact: There are no such “certain types of people” who are targeted by this virus. It’s common and may happen to anyone.
Myth #2: It affects mainly to people who don’t keep themselves clean
Fact: Herpes has nothing to do with your dirt or cleanliness. It may happen to anyone who stays sexually active.
Myth #3: Herpes cold sores that occur on mouth aren’t same as the sores of genital herpes
Fact: Both these cold sores are same. In fact, often the cold sores that occur on mouth get transmitted to genitals through oral to genital sex. This transmission of virus becomes a cause for 40% cases of genital herpes.
Myth #4: People come to know when they suffer from genital herpes
Fact: This is an insanely bad myth because it doesn’t allow people to realize that they’re already suffering from this disease. It isn’t necessary that you come to know when you’re suffering from herpes. 80% of people don’t even come to know when they’ve genital herpes because there’re little-to-no symptoms shown by the virus.
Myth #5: Herpes passes through blood
Fact: This isn’t true, because luckily, herpes isn’t something that resides in our blood. Whether it’s oral or genital, it passes through direct skin to skin contact.
Myth #6: An STI check or cervical smear test is always done for detecting herpes only
Fact: Routine cervical smear tests and sexual health checks aren’t for detecting herpes. Tests for detecting herpes are done only when person has some symptoms of the disease.
Myth #7: People with herpes can’t have children
Fact: The virus of herpes doesn’t ever affect fertility in man or women. However, sometimes disease may pass to the baby but it’s rare and can be prevented by telling your doctor that you or your partner has herpes before the delivery.