Posted Tue Jun 24, 2008 01:31 AM
Posted Tue Jun 24, 2008 01:38 AM
B A said:
Done. I added "No idea" as one of the possible answers, some might have them and not be aware of them, not everyone has regular check ups..
Posted Tue Jun 24, 2008 02:12 AM
Posted Tue Jun 24, 2008 05:56 AM
Posted Tue Jun 24, 2008 10:42 PM
Now there are two going.. feel free to delete mine..
Posted Tue Jun 24, 2008 11:23 PM
Posted Wed Jun 25, 2008 12:14 AM
Prior to that I already had the usual oral strain of herpes (HSV1?) and had suffered from "cold sores" every now and then in the past. When I contracted the strain that is usually only genital (HSV2?) the first oral outbreak lasted for over a week... for a few days I was only able to drink milkshakes since pulling my tongue from the top of my mouth was excruciatingly painful. It was terrible and I didn't understand exactly what happened for years later. The doctor tested me but never gave me details about it.
Years later I gave a girl I was dating genital herpes after having oral sex and now days oral sex and even kissing are things I have a hard time engaging in (never w/o informing the other person of course). I think the herpes commercials on TV are great because I didn't know jack about the STD growing up. As far as how many people have it, I think the statistics are taking into account all the people who have it but never experience outbreaks. Even when actual sores are swabbed during outbreaks tests often return false negatives. Normal STD tests do not check for herpes and the blood tests that are out there are not accurate; the tests for active herpes outbreaks even produce false negatives in many cases.... it's a tricky little virus.