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Understanding the Emotional Toll: Mental Health in the Shadow of Herpes

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Navigating the Emotional Landscape: Mental Health and Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV)

As we observe National Mental Health Awareness Week, it's crucial to spotlight not just general mental health challenges but also those conditions often cloaked in stigma and misunderstanding, like Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV). A diagnosis of HSV can be a profound emotional upheaval, leading to a myriad of psychological challenges that can affect overall well-being.

The Psychological Impact of an HSV Diagnosis

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STD Awareness Month: Educate, Test, Treat

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April marks STD Awareness Month, a critical time to shed light on sexual health issues that affect millions worldwide. Amidst growing concerns over the increasing rates of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), our commitment to educating the public and promoting health and wellness has never been more important. This month, we take an extra step to discuss not just prevention and awareness but also innovative solutions like HerpAlert for discreet herpes testing and treatment.

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Spring Break Serenity: Navigating Herpes Wellness and Safe Practices

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Navigating Spring Break with Herpes Wellness and Safe Practices

As the vibrant hues of spring beckon, so does the allure of Spring Break, a time of exploration, relaxation, and often, travel. While the prospect of a getaway brings excitement, it's essential to acknowledge the potential impact on our well-being, particularly for those managing conditions like herpes. In this blog post, we'll delve into the intersection of travel-induced stress and herpes outbreaks during Spring Break. Additi…

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Neuro-Somatic Harmony: Healing Shame, Nerves, and Herpes with Elisabeth Kristof

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Unlocking Wellness: Elisabeth Kristof's Expertise in Neuro-Somatic Healing

March ushers in Brain Awareness Week, a global celebration spotlighting the intricate world of brain science. With over 100 billion neurons orchestrating our every move, this week serves as a reminder of the progress and benefits derived from brain research. Notably, the exploration of brain function extends beyond the biological realm, delving into the intricate relationship between shame, the nervous system, and th…

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Can You Test Negative After Testing Positive for Herpes?

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Have you recently tested positive for herpes, but now you're wondering if it's possible to test negative? Understanding herpes testing can be confusing, especially when you receive unexpected results. Let's delve into this topic and address common questions surrounding herpes testing.

Understanding Herpes Testing

Herpes testing typically involves two types of tests: blood tests and swab tests. Blood tests look for antibodies produced by the immune system in response to the herpes virus, while …

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Understanding Cervical Health Concerns with Herpes Outbreaks

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Cervical health awareness, spurred by screening methods like Dr. Georgios Nikolaou Papanikolaou's 'Pap smear,' has been crucial in early detection, particularly in cases where symptoms are absent. However, for women with cervical herpes, often characterized by the presence of HSV1, HSV2, or, in rare instances, both cervically, the lack of visible symptoms can lead to undetected outbreaks, typically discovered during routine Pap exams.

In the case of cervical herpes, which can involve either…

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Understanding the Herpes Stigma: How Perception Doesn't Match Reality

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In a world where fear often overshadows facts, herpes stands as a prime example. The perception of this virus as a severe health threat doesn't align with its actual impact. Let's dive deeper into the reality behind the stigma and how it's evolved over time.

Herpes simplex virus, particularly HSV-2, usually linked with genital outbreaks, affects approximately 11.9 percent of Americans aged 14 to 49, with the majority being unaware of their infection. This lack of awareness is partly due to the …

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Understanding Cold Sores

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Dealing with a cold sore, also known as oral herpes, can be both physically uncomfortable and emotionally distressing. "When people hear 'herpes,' there's an immediate association with a highly stigmatized virus," notes Dr. Chris Adigun, a board-certified dermatologist in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

The stigma surrounding cold sores carries tangible repercussions. According to a Compeed poll, 28 percent of respondents admitted staying home due to a cold sore outbreak. Those affected often gr…

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Overcoming Anxiety from a Herpes Diagnosis and Embracing Life's Moments

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The moment we leave the doctor's office or hang up the phone after hearing the diagnosis, a whirlwind of emotions takes over. Questions flood our minds – will I be loved, will I ever have sex again, can I accept myself? It's a storm of confusion, blame, and the relentless 'why me?' echoing in our thoughts. Then, the days pass, and the worry intensifies.

We might turn to Google, only to plunge into a world of terrifying possibilities, imagining ourselves as walking hazards, capable of transm…

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Herpes Awareness Day 2023

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It's herpes awareness day 2023! We often talk  about herpes 101, herpes stigma, dealing with herpes outbreaks, dating with herpes and being pregnant with herpes! 

Today, we're taking a different route and discussing some lesser-known facts about herpes. Here we go.

Herpes in animals

Herpesviruses can infect a wide range of animal species, both vertebrates and invertebrates. Here are some examples of animals known to be affected by herpesviruses: Chimpanzees and Gorillas; Horses;  CatsDogs; …

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