When my doctor told me I’d tested positive, I felt like vomiting and bursting into tears at the same time. A: Learning you have any sort of sickness is awful, and when it’s something incurable and so loaded with stigma as genital herpes, it can feel like your life is over.
What’s going to happen to me — is my health going to be impacted? But the good news is that, with genital herpes, that is totally not the case!
In the United States, about 1 in 4 women have HSV-2 infection compared to almost 1 in 8 men.
Unfortunately, most people don’t get tested because HSV isn’t on the usual list of STI tests offered at clinics — you have to ask for it specifically.
There are two types of HSV infections that can cause herpes sores in human special parts: HSV-2 is most likely to cause genital herpes blisters.
HSV-1 is most likely found around mouths, and is called cold sores.
At its core, herpes is a manageable skin condition that unfortunately comes with a ton of cultural baggage. What we commonly call herpes is actually the symptoms caused by a virus called the herpes simplex virus, or HSV.
HSV is an incurable virus that affects your nerves.
Depending on what genitalia you're rocking, you can get sores on your labia (vaginal lips) and cervix or penis, scrotum, and urethra.
All humans can also get them around the anal opening and on the thighs and butt.
Finally, sores can show up on fingers, eyes, and even the brain.
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