Number 9: Yes, Herpes is ridiculously common, lots of people live with it. This means more people end up contracting HSV-1 in the genital region from oral sex too, because both HSV-1, which prefers to live in mouths, and HSV-2, which prefers to live in genitals, can survive and thrive in either. Herpes simplex isn’t the only virus many of us have living with us.
Coming back to it, Herpes is a life long disease like diabetes but contagious and it isn t pleasant when it DOES affect you, which eventually it does. Living With Herpes: An Interview With Tom. The general course of the disease is that you have a primary outbreak that’s pretty bad, and you have a few years when you’re having regular outbreaks, but they diminish over time. And even though HSV-1 prefers to live in mouths and HSV-2 prefers to live in genitals, they’re capable of swapping neighborhoods in a pinch.
Given that herpes is so common, that it can be contracted while wearing a condom, and that outbreaks are for the most part, few and far between (and for some of us, never recur), we’re admittedly offended that people are, well, offended by our infection that is comparatively so fucking benign. 33, has interviewed 12 men and women who are living with herpes, including 41-year-old Veronnica (right), in the hopes of eradicating stigma surrounding the disease. ‘No one needs to stay in a bad relationship just because you have herpes or because they’ve accepted that you have herpes. This virus is fragile and dies when it leaves living cells. Washing with ordinary soap and water is clean enough there’s no need to use any special hand or toilet seat sanitisers.
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