My Fifth Cold Sore Ever and How We Support Each Other in Our Support Group Calls
Understanding Cold Sores
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…
Overcoming Anxiety from a Herpes Diagnosis and Embracing Life's Moments
Herpes as a Filter: Transforming Your Life beyond the Diagnosis
Herpes Awareness Day 2023
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; Cats; Dogs; …
Herpes Diagnosis: From Punishment to Empowerment
Discovering Strength and Wisdom: What Would You Tell Someone Just Diagnosed with Herpes?
Herpes Testing: A Journey through Time
In today's world, advancements in medical technology have made herpes testing a routine and accessible procedure. However, the journey to reach this point has been marked by significant milestones and breakthroughs. Join us as we embark on a historical exploration of herpes testing, tracing its origins and the remarkable progress made over the years.
Ancient Beliefs and Observations: In ancient times, the understanding of herpes was shrouded in mystery and superstition. Historical texts and…
The Urgent Need for Comprehensive Sexual Education: Combating the Rise of STIs
Why Education and Prevention Should Be Prioritized Over Antibiotics for STI Control
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are becoming increasingly common in the United States and other countries, a concerning trend acknowledged by healthcare professionals. As a urologist, I have observed a rise in patients seeking treatment for STIs. Recently, while browsing through Twitter, I stumbled upon a USA TODAY news article that referenced a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The …
The Secret Society: An Online Support Group for Herpes Community
Finding out you have herpes can be a difficult and isolating experience. When Alexandra, the founder of The Secret Society was first diagnosed, she felt alone and without support. That's why she created The Secret Society, an online support group for people living with herpes.
The Secret Society is a place where people from all over the world come together to find support, make friends, and talk about their herpes journey. It's a safe space where people can be open and honest without fe…