Common Myths about Herpes
Genital herpes is a very common and “sneaky” sexually transmitted disease since it does not have any symptoms in the overwhelming majority of people suffering from it. This is one of the reasons for which there are many different myths and rumors about it appearing in discussions and also on the Internet. When it comes to diseases, it is extremely important that both patients and people who are not infected but want to know how to guard themselves are “equipped” with correct information.
In order to achieve that, we are going to list some of the most common myths and false claims about genital herpes, and also offer the true scientific data for each of them.
1.) I can contract herpes if I sit on a toilet that someone with herpes has used
Not true, at all. Rumors like that are very harmful since they spread panic. The herpes virus is known to ‘die’ very fast when it is exposed to fresh air and even faster when appearing on a toilet seat which is dry and cold. There are literally zero documented cases of people getting herpes from a toilet seat, even after using a public one.
2.) I am not going to get herpes if I use a condom
This statement is only partially true. Yes, using a condom may decrease the risk of getting infected, but the carrier may have blisters in different parts of his or her body that the condom can’t cover. So, using a condom is, of course, advised but it is not enough.
3.) I cannot get herpes if my partner does not have obvious symptoms that I can see
No matter how great this would be if it were true, unfortunately it is not. Even though it is correct for oral herpes, the genital type does not have any obvious symptoms in most of the infected people, making it impossible to trace the virus without the proper exams.
4.) If I get herpes, I am doomed; there is no way to treat it
That’s another rumor that can scare you and put under a lot of stress. Even though scientists have not yet managed to cure herpes, there are various drugs and medical products that can prevent the multiplication of the virus and also keep it under control so that a person will not transmit it to his or her partner.
The most effective way to battle a medical condition - or avoid it all together - is gathering information and pieces of advice from medical experts only. If you suspect you might have herpes, your first step should be taking one of the medical tests. If you happen to be positive then the doctor will prescribe you necessary treatment that will help control the virus and prevent it from spreading.