Guidelines For Living With Herpes
Herpes is a disease that will never go away once you get it. Those who don’t have it probably think they will never get it. But all it takes is for you to have unprotected sex one time and then you will have it forever. Sometimes you can get herpes even if you’re having protected sex. Regardless of how you obtained herpes, what you must understand is that your life is not over just because of living with herpes. There are millions of people out there with herpes who are living happy and productive lives. Furthermore, peoples who living with herpes are living very active social lives as well. Herpes singles are discovering that there is a whole network of people just like them who are looking to date and find romance. Herpes singles no longer must live in isolation or feel like they’re too different than everyone else to go out on a date. Now they can find a partner who is also living with herpes and does not feel embarrassed by their own condition. But if you happen to meet somebody who doesn’t have herpes and you want to date them, there are ways you can protect them from getting herpes. A woman with herpes can even protect her baby from getting it too. You just have to learn how.
How to deal the herpes outbreak?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 16.67% of Americans who are between 14 and 49 years of age are infected with the herpes virus. A lot of these people are not even aware that they have the herpes virus which means they aren’t preventing themselves from spreading the virus to other people. If they have the HSV-1 form of herpes, it can be spread by merely kissing another person or using the same lipstick or lip balm. This is the easiest way to spread herpes because you can transmit it to people whom you may not even be intimate with. If you are having oral sex or vaginal sex with someone, then the HSV-2 form of herpes could be transmitted. You’ll know when you have contracted herpes because you’ll have red sores inside your mouth or on your lips. If you have genital herpes, then you’ll have these sores around your genitals and they will be itchy and painful. These herpes symptoms only last for a couple of days to a few weeks and then they will subside. But then, you could occasionally feel symptoms like tiredness, headaches, and swelling of the lymph nodes. Once you notice these symptoms, the best way to prevent yourself from spreading this disease to other people is to avoid physical contact when you first notice the stores. Wash your hands regularly with warm water and try to eat a healthy diet that has no sugar or alcohol in it. Make sure you get plenty of sleep, drink plenty of water, take multivitamin and antioxidant supplements, reduce stress, and exercise every day. Doing these things will help you minimize the outbreak as much as possible.
How to tell your partner you have herpes?
If you are in a relationship and you have not told your partner that you have herpes, this will be a very hard thing to admit. Sure, you may have been embarrassed to tell your partner when you first met them but at least they wouldn’t have been committed to the relationship yet. But once that commitment is there, dropping this bombshell onto them will feel like a nightmare. Worst of all, the anticipation of telling them will come with great uncertainty as to whether they will stay with you or not after they know you have herpes. Before you tell them, the best thing you can do is learn everything you can about the disease first if you have not already. Then you will be able to answer the questions about herpes that they will likely ask you. Now pick a suitable time and location to break this news to them. Don’t call or text this information to them because it is too big for that. You must tell them in person, preferably at home when the two of you are alone. Explain to your partner that the symptoms of herpes are mild such as developing sores around the genitals on occasion. Make sure they know it is not life threatening and that one out of six Americans already has it. And if you’ve cheated on your partner and think you got herpes from it, be honest with your partner about that. On the flip side, if you didn’t cheat and never had herpes before you met your partner, kindly ask your partner if they have herpes. Sometimes it may not even be your fault at all. But honesty is the most important thing at this particular time, even if it means the relationship may end.
How to protect your partner from getting herpes?
Let’s say you’ve already admitted to your partner that you have herpes and they are still willing to stay in the relationship with you. The next thing you’ll want to concern yourself with is protecting your partner as much as possible from contracting the herpes virus that you have. But before you think about the ways you can protect them, just remember that these methods are not 100% guaranteed. There is always going to be risk involved when having any kind of intimacy with your partner, especially intercourse. Now, the most common method of protection against herpes is using latex condoms. Studies show that you can reduce the risk of transmitting HSV-2 by 40% with them. Also, if you are having a flare-up of herpes where you’re burning or itching in the genitals or some other infected area, then avoid having any sexual contact with your partner until these symptoms go away. For further protection, there are now antiviral prescription drugs available, such as Valtrex, which reduce the chances of infecting your partner with herpes. In addition, your partner who doesn’t have herpes can take medicinal herbs to build up their immune system and fight against the disease to help prevent themselves from getting it.
How to succeed on online herpes dating sites?
If you’re currently a single person living with herpes and you are interested in finding someone to date, your best bet is a herpes dating site where all the members either have herpes or another type of sexually transmitted disease. That way, you don’t have to worry about other member prejudging you for your disease because they have a disease too. So, once you find a herpes dating site that interests you, sign up for a new membership and then create your profile. Try not to be too shy with your profile because people are still going to want to know about you and what your interests are. Put down all your hobbies, interests, goals, dreams, and so on. And, of course, post up a bunch of decent quality photos of yourself. Try to look happy and enthusiastic in the photos because people are attracted to positivity. Now, publish your profile and wait for some responses. Try and respond to everyone that writes you a message, even if you are not interested in them romantically. After all, you can still form friendships on dating websites too. But once you have found someone who you are interested in dating, kindly express interest in their lives by asking them questions about their interests and goals. Don’t try to be too flirtatious and talk about sex or make any kind of sexual innuendos. In fact, let the match know that you’re interested in finding a long-lasting relationship and are not willing to have sex right away. This will ensure that you find a good match who wants the same thing.
How to protect your baby when pregnancy?
If you are a pregnant woman with herpes, the first thing you’re going to wonder is how to protect your baby from getting herpes too. Unless you are very careful while planning your pregnancy, you will likely have a premature birth or a miscarriage. In rare cases, the herpes virus could be transmitted to the baby through the uterus or through the birth canal as the baby is being delivered. And if that doesn’t do it, simply kissing your baby with your lips could transmit HSV-1 to them. The only real way you can prevent infect your baby with herpes is to antiviral medication that is specially formulated for pregnant women. This special medication has a few names, such as acyclovir, Zovirax, and acycloguanosine. Doctors will prescribe this medication to you during your final month of pregnancy. Of course, if you have a premature birth then you won’t be able to get it. The idea is that once you get this antiviral medication inside of you during your final month, it will prevent the herpes virus from flaring up and causing symptoms around the time you’re expected to give birth. If all goes well, you will be able to have the baby delivered through the vagina as long as the symptoms of herpes are not present. But if for some reason they are present, then you would likely need to have a cesarean delivery.