Herpes Simplex Virus (00:30)
Dr. Kimberley Ivory notes two types of herpes viruses. The herpes simplex virus HSV-1 is known as the cold sore virus while HSV-2 affects the genital area. Both can infect either area.
How Do I Tell Him/Her I Have Herpes? (03:58)
Dr. Ivory points out the importance of discussing a herpes infection with a new partner before having sex. In this vignette, we see a couple on a date as they raise the issue of sexual history and STD testing.
Discussing Herpes Openly (02:53)
The virus stays in the body, whether or not symptoms ever appear. A new couple continues to struggle with the discussion, showing humor and compassion. Transmission rate for couples is low.
Frequently Asked Questions (01:17)
Herpes is transmitted by skin to skin contact, There is a high risk with active HSV sores and kissing, oral sex or genital contact should be avoided at that time.
Symptoms of Genital Herpes (01:08)
A first episode of genital herpes may present as blisters, swelling, difficulty urinating, flu-like symptoms or a rash. Infrequent outbreaks may occur as the virus travels back along the nerve.
Best Treatment for Herpes (00:57)
An anti-viral medication taken daily or taken at the first sign of an outbreak may control the symptoms. Triggers are different for people, relating to the health of the immune system.
Fear of Rejection (00:44)
Infected people need to talk with their doctors and their partners. All people should be tested for genital herpes and other STDs.
Credits: Herpes: The Secret Is Out (00:14)
Credits: Herpes: The Secret Is Out
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