Last week, a pre-eminent researcher on the genital herpes virus, known as Herpes Simplex Virus 2 or HSV-2, published a landmark paper documenting the striking rate at which people with no herpes symptoms can nonetheless “shed virus,” potentially infecting partners. Anna Wald of the University of Washington, found that people who’d had symptoms of herpes shed virus on about 20 percent of days, while people who test positive for herpes antibodies but have never had symptoms shed virus on only about 10 percent of days. Highlights: -More than 80% of people with herpes are undiagnosed.
A few days after hooking up with him, I knew something was wrong.
It was like the UTI from hell with all these weird other symptoms thrown in. I held an ice pack to my crotch as tears of frustration streamed down my face and onto my twin bed.
Are we any closer to a cure or a significant treatment that will at least protect others?
As for your second question, it is not common to have it in seminal fluid.
The backs of my thighs ached, I felt like I had the flu, I couldn't wear tight pants. I desperately Googled my symptoms, hoping I'd discover I had adult chicken pox or something else, else.
The next morning, I took a cab to an urgent care facility where a doctor confirmed my worst fears.
So it’s clearer than ever that lack of symptoms is no guarantee against infection. Wald said, “Asymptomatic shedding may be the central phenomenon of transmission.” In the old days, doctors would warn herpes patients to avoid sexual contact mainly when they had active lesions, believing that was the only time they were really contagious. -In the general population, one-fifth of women and 11.5% of men are infected. If someone with HSV-1 performs oral sex, the receiving partner may contract genital herpes, though it is HSV-1 rather than the typical 2.
But evidence has long been growing that herpes can be transmitted even when no lesions are visible. And HSV-1 is so widespread that pretty much everyone gets it by the time they’re elderly, she said.
The other day, a friend made a nasty comment about herpes in front of me and then quickly apologized. I told him that I'd seen the Abreva in his medicine cabinet once after I asked to steal some Q-tips, but he hastily got defensive and rambled about how he'd "really gotten only one cold sore in his entire life." What he meant was, "Cold sores don't count as herpes."The last time I had heard that stupid, godforsaken sentence was just after I had been diagnosed with herpes simplex virus 1 — the same strain that causes cold sores on your mouth — on my genitals.