Do I have Herpes and what is Herpes?

Lately I haves been mentioning Herpes, and many seems to think that herpes is STD´s.

I have Shingles. Also called Herpes Zoster. It has nothing to do with coldsores and Herpes Simplex.

So, let see... I always thought I had Herpes Simplex Type 1. I diagnosed myself, believing I had the HSV-1. You know the "coldsores" you get around your face. But when I went to the doctor with this in 2015 I did not get the Herpes Simplex diagnoses as I expected. I got the Varicella Zoster diagnosis. I had rashes in my whole face. Even on my eyelid, and I had to go to the eye doctor to get some eye ointment. I always believed it was Herpes Simplex type 1 because I read about it online, and I thought it was consistent with the symptoms and pictures. You know. Sores around my chin and mouth. Until recently I named my outbreaks coldsores which I shouldn't, when in reality it`s most likely not, since I haven't any diagnosis for it. 
I think my outbreaks looks sometimes like HSV-1, but when I went to the doctor that time it was impetigo (brennkopper), and not cold sores.  

So what is Herpes and is it all about a sexual transmitted diseases?
The answer is NO. Many seems to think it has only something to do with sexuality, but in reality it`s not. From what I have read there are eight human herpes viruses, and only one of them is STD`s, the HSV-2. But Herpes is transmitted through skin contact, so you can get HSV-1 in the down stairs area if the outbreaks comes in contact with the skin. That might go for other types of herpes as well, but I`m not sure.

What is Varicella Zoster virus?
Chickenpox is a varicella zoster virus. Varicella zoster virus is a human herpes virus, but not the same herpes virus as Herpes Simplex. If you had chickenpox as a child you can get Shingles/Herpes Zoster later on in life, which is caused by the Varicella Virus. The virus lays dormant in your nerve roots and can activate later on in life because of stress or a bad immune system. I had chickenpox when I was three years old, so that can explain my Shingles problem. 

Herpes is more common than you know, and many might have it without getting any symptoms or outbreaks, and they will never know they have it. If I have the Herpes Simplex 1 or not I don`t know and maybe I will never now. But I have noticed som stigma out there, which is sad because you can`t help if you have the HSV-1. You most likely was infected as a child.

I understand that people think this is something that really sucks, and of course you want to make sure you don`t get infected by someone who knows they have it, especially during outbreaks. But this virus is not the end of the world and your life either, and I believe people who know they have outbreaks will be really careful and pay attention as well

When it comes to STD`s in general that`s something that tells me that having a lot of different sex partners is not natural. If you like to have sex with a lot of different people you will also attract yourself people who feels the same way. Then it can easily end up with diseases if you`re not careful.
If you wait with sex until you find yourself in a serious, committed love relationship with one person you trust, and who feels the same way as you, there is no danger. Never have sex to get someone to like you. Sex is not love.




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