A recent article in the UK’s Daily Mail includes an all-too-typical “herpes scare” shock headline: “How you could catch HERPES from a sunbed: STI can thrive in tanning booths despite the heat, expert warns” No doubt that will bring many clicks and page views (which is all the media is really interested in) but it […]
You’ve probably heard some rumors here and there about the CDC’s “Reportable Diseases List” (it’s actually the “National Notifiable Diseases List”). So, what is this list? What’s really on it? Do they really keep a database of people with STDs? The CDC makes an annual list of diseases and conditions about which they would like to gather more […]
Can the CDC Be Wrong? Every now and then, we get people coming through and claiming our statistics must be wrong, because they read/heard/saw somewhere, some conflicting information. It never seems to cross their mind that, perhaps, we just work a bit harder than everyone else. It happened just recently when we mentioned that “around […]
Let’s talk about HSV in society as a whole. Not just the people who have it today; not just the people who know it. Let’s talk about everyone. We’ve put together an infographic which breaks down society from its totality, using the prevalence figures within the United States. Herpes Simplex: The Big Picture | […]
What Do You Know About HSV & HPV? The great majority of people know next to nothing, except that they’re supposed to be afraid of them. They’re not even sure why. Most people don’t know it, but HSV & HPV are both endemic human viruses. Very few people don’t end up with them. In fact, they […]
A lot of websites claim herpes is a few thousand years old. That’s not when herpes came about; that’s when writing things down came about, so that’s the first time it actually got documented. We’ve had Herpes Simplex much, much longer than that – more than a million and a half years longer for HSV-2… […]
If you try to look up herpes statistics on the Internet, you may well come to one of two conclusions: either nobody knows what the hell they’re talking about, or nobody really knows how many people actually have herpes. Herpes statistics abound and nearly all of them are untrue. Not because the science is faulty, […]
Many people ask about their immunity to a second type of HSV, after acquiring a first. Immunity to a 2nd HSV type can actually vary from zero to nearly 100%, depending upon your immune system. The document below explains how that works. To view a .pdf version, click here.