Herpes Symptoms Most People Ignore
It’s A Waiting Game
This STD has the fascinating trait of being able to remain dormant for an inordinate amount of time. It could take months, years, or even decades until someone infected with herpes to have an outbreak.
HSV-1 is less recurrent than HSV-2, and therefore less contagious. It causes fever blisters and cold sores to form around your mouth, but can be spread from the mouth to the genital region through oral sex.
HSV-2 is contracted not just through sexual contact, but also skin-to-skin contact. This strain is the one that most commonly is the cause of genital herpes.
So you’re probably all like, “Okay, so what’s the big deal with catching the Herps anyway?” Well, you can expect to get some painful genital warts and sores. That’s probably gonna hurt, and perhaps feel mildly humiliating if anyone else spots ’em before you do.
Studies show that 1 in 5 Americans have herpes. That’s a whopping 20% of the entire United States population. Take a minute to let that enormous statistic set in.
Oh, But It Gets Worse:
If you thought that last statistic was big, you have another think coming. Prepare yourself…
You’ll Never See It Coming.
Since herpes often doesn’t present any symptoms, it’s not only hard to diagnose, but also hard to tell if you even have it. Here’s the statistic that’ll make you want to never go on a date again:
Out of Sight, Out of Mind?
Because herpes outbreaks take a while to occur, or never even occur at all, lots of infected people won’t bother getting tested; they just assume that if they don’t see any symptoms, they’ve got nothing to worry about. However, as opposed to the age-old adage, “out of sight” should not equal “out of mind!”
Moral of the Story?
If you don’t want to be responsible for spreading herpes, get yourself tested. You now know that it’s way more common than you think and that if treated properly, can be kept at bay exceedingly well.