Thanks to the times we are living in now, a lot of things that were usually never talked about are now very open for discussion, and thanks to social media, people have become more expressive (with texts, photos, and videos) of their opinions and ideas about a particular topic.
On Twitter, Herpes is trending and it is one trend that is drawing the attention on sexual health as it concerns sexually transmitted diseases and infections. Men and women alike have jumped on this trend – the images look graphic so you have been warned – and have shared personal stories as well as advice as it concerns
practising safe sex and sexual activities.
Many have given advice on social media to people who may have questions as it concerns STIs and STDs.
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The trend also drew attention to the need to practice personal hygiene as people shared that there is no cure to the disease. Others, however, stressed that while practising safe sex is important, sex is best enjoyed when there is no caution to it. These ones were however, slammed for their choices. A few others drew attention on abstinence and the idea of monogamy in relationships and marriage.
Here’s a quick info on the Herpes Virus…
The herpes simplex virus, also known as HSV, is an infection that causes herpes. Herpes can appear in various parts of the body, most commonly on the genitals or mouth. There are two types of the herpes simplex virus.
- HSV-1: primarily causes oral herpes, and is generally responsible for cold sores and fever blisters around the mouth and on the face.
- HSV-2: primarily causes genital herpes, and is generally responsible for genital herpes outbreaks.
HSV-2 is contracted through forms of sexual contact with a person who has HSV-2. The infections are spread through contact with a herpes sore. In contrast, most people get HSV-1 from an infected person who is asymptomatic or does not have sores. HSV-1 can on the other hand can be contracted from general interactions such as: eating from the same utensils, sharing lip balm, kissing.