Living with Herpes: Can herpes cause cancer

living with herpes
living with herpes

When you first realize that you have herpes, it may feel like the end of your life because you will never be able to get rid of this disease and you have to live with herpes in your rest life. This will obviously have an effect on your romantic relationships, particularly your sex life. You also have to deal with the symptoms of herpes on a regular basis such as the itching, soreness, and pain that you’ll have in the genital area. Fortunately, there are ways you can deal with these obstacles and still live a normal life. You just have to get educated on how to live with herpes. However, many people are still worrying that the herpes virus causes canncer.

First, there is a lot of conflicting information out there as to whether herpes causes cancer. Remember there are different kinds of cancers out there caused by different viruses. The common myth is that herpes causes cervical cancer, but the truth is that it does not. The human papillomavirus, also known as genital warts, is what causes cervical cancer. Of course, both viruses can be transmitted sexually so you could end up getting both viruses if you are not careful. With that being said, herpes could eventually lead to nasopharyngeal cancer. This is a type of cancer that forms in a certain place behind the nose. In much rarer cases, stomach cancer may arise from herpes if certain lymphomas have grown inside of you such as Hodgkin lymphoma.

It is always best to get herpes treated at the earliest possible time. The main treatment that doctors prescribe is antiviral medications which prevent the herpes virus from replicating within the body. The doctor may even require you to take these antiviral medications every day. Then, of course, there are ointments and creams that you can put on the genital area to temporarily relieve itching and pain. Overall, this is the process you will have to put up with for the rest of your life.

As much as an inconvenience all this may seem, there is still hope at the end of the tunnel when it comes to your love life. Since there are millions of people out there who have herpes, finding a romantic partner is not as hard as it might seem. You can just go online and sign up on a herpes dating website, like, and meet other people in your area who have herpes. Even if it doesn’t turn into something romantic, you can still make friends with them and have more emotional support in your life than you’ve ever had before.