Learn About Genital Herpes - Your Guide To Manage Herpes In Your Life
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Genital Herpes - How Prevalent Is It And What Should You Do?from:
Genital herpes is a topic not readily discussed in the course of
normal conversation however, if you're aged 25 and over, and are
sexually active with multiple partners then it would be wise to
be tested for genital herpes.
A recent study in Australia ( May 2006 ) revealed at least one
in eight people people in that country have genital herpes. If
that sounds alarming then it should be. A first nation-wide
study also found herpes was most prevalent in people aged 35 to
44 and city folk were more likely to be carrying the virus than
their "country cousins."
So what to do? Being a little less promiscuous could be the
answer but this would only be a superficial fix. The problem
lies in the fact that at least 80 per cent of people who have
genital herpes don't know they have it. And it's fair to say
those who contract the virus do so innocently. Affected people
who pass it on and are a unaware they have it, don't experience
the symptons. The obvious answer once again is to get tested
especially if you've had multiple partners.
Why are people reluctant to be tested? Is there are kind of aura
of shame with knowing you have genital herpes? Medical experts
will tell you don't be embarrassed; the sooner you have the
condition treated the better. Makes sense. So why don't people
get tested or why do they delay the process? Maybe more
educational programs should be put in place but from where I
sit, I think the proper authorities have performed a good job in
making the community aware of their responsibilities in this
The news is not so good for women. Twice as many women are
likely to contract genital herpes than men simply because of
their physiological make up. This doesn't suggest men have less
responsibility in getting tested than women. It's a two-way
The study found the prevalence of herpes varies from country to
country with genital herpes more prevalent in some while oral
herpes was confirmed at a higher rate in others.
Get over any short time embarrassment you may experience
initially and do the sensible thing; not just if you have
multiple partners: if it doesn't feel right, consult your
doctor. Sound advice for mine.
About the author:
NoneDean Caporella is a professional Journalist and Sportscaster
who takes an interest in a wide range of subjects. "Infection
and disease can be a morbid subject to touch on," Dean says "but
the truth is it's part of human society and we need to stay
informed." Get the news, views and reviews at
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