I am happy that the Usher incident happened, if not a lot of us would not have known what Herpes is really all about. Before we even start on the 10 things you should know about Herpes, let me remind you of the reason why I have decided to share this with you. Herpes is an infection that stays in ones body for life.
Herpes is a super-common infection that stays in your body for life. More than half of Americans have oral herpes, and about 1 out of 6 Americans has genit*l herpes. So chances are a few people you know are down with herpes. This should for part of the things you should know about herpes.
The Usher Herpes Virus Story
It was reported recently that the International Singer allegedly slept with a lady and infected her with herpes. It was further stated in the story that Usher, between years 2009 and 2010 was exposed to the disease.
The claimant insisted that the singer infected her with Herpes without telling her he was infected. In the United States, it is illegal to withhold information on your s*xual health status especially when it can sum up to you transmitting a s*xual disease. The claimant stated that Usher failed to inform her thereby leading to a lot of complications like v*ginal sores and fever.
The paper also reported that Usher cleared the medical bills of the claimant back then in 2012. It was also reported that the doctor called the claimant to inform her that the singer was actually infected with Herpes.
What is Herpes?
Herpes is a sexu*lly transmitted disease caused by HSC ( herpes simplex virus). This disease affects the cervix, skin and genitals among other parts of the body it affects. Herpes is a chronic medical condition, however a lot of people are not aware they carry the virus because the symptoms do not show. There are two types of herpes simplex viruses: HSV-1 (Type 1) and HSV-2 (Type 2). HSV-1 causes infections usually around the mouth while HSV-2 causes genit*l infections. HSV – 1 and HSV – 2 mode of transmission is usually through direct contact with the body fluids or injury such as wound of an infected person.
When herpes is on the skin of an infected individual, it can easily be transferred to another individual through moist skin that lines the an*s, mouth and genit*ls.
Find below 10 things you should know about Herpes:
1 When you receive oral s*x from someone with sores around their mouth or tongue, you can really increase the risk of becoming infected. You therefore have to be careful when you try oral s*x with someone with sore throats or even when you perform oral s*x with someone with certain smelly discharges along their private parts.
2 People with genital herpes are exposed to high risk of contacting HIV.
3 An individual cannot be infected with herpes through touching objects previously touched by an infected person. Please note that herpes cannot be contacted from using a toilet seat, hugging, holding hands with an infected person.
3 A lot of people are already infected with Herpes yet do not know they are. Herpes usually remain dormant in the body of the individual until after a long time. In some individuals, the symptoms do not even show at all, meanwhile such individual is infected with Herpes already.
4 Infection with Herpes can happen through unprotected an*l or v*ginal s*x, sharing s*x toys with infected individuals, having genital contact with a person who is infected already.
5 Herpes is not only transmitted through s*x, you can also contact herpes through someone who shares a drink with you or by even kissing infected persons.
6 More than half of Americans have been infected with Herpes. In Nigeria a lot of people have Herpes yet do not know because of the information gap in our health system.
7. Stress and fever can trigger herpes outbreaks so look out for the symptoms mentioned above.
8 A pregnant woman can transfer the herpes virus to her baby, if she realizes that she is having outbreaks of herpes as at the time of delivery. The virus could also lead to several complications on the mother and child.
9 Herpes come and go, but they can be so painful and irritating when they come. Many infected individuals mistake herpes for something else, so it is possible they do not know they are infected. You can infect someone else with herpes even if you don’t have sores or visible symptoms
10 There is no cure at the moment for herpes, but you can reduce chances of transmission through medication.
Now that you are aware of the things you should know about herpes. What are you going to do about it?
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