Dealing with Herpes
Accept the fact that you already have herpes all throughout your life.
Dealing with herpes is a struggle. The best ways to deal with herpes is Taking care of yourself and talk
to your partner on this issue. Being sexually active is such a normal thing. If you already have the strain
of this virus then you should find some ways on how to deal with it. The two strains used to be referred to as oral and genital herpes because HSV-1 usually occurs
in or around the mouth while HSV-2 usually occurs in the genital area. However, HSV-1 cold sores or blisters
can be spread to the genitals and the reputation of oral sex means that 50% of cases of genital herpes are
now caused by the HSV-1 strain.
Most infections are acquired from a person with no known history of the disease since they don’t
realize that they have it. Symptoms generally manifest between two and seven days after having been infected, but in some
cases the virus can lie stagnant for years. For couples in long-term monogamous relationships, an unexpected
herpes diagnosis unavoidably raises questions about faithfulness and if the couple has been having
unprotected sex, both partners will probably be infected.
The fundamental flaw in this squabble is that if the relationship subsequently breaks down, both
partners must deal with the humiliation of having to disclose their herpes status to future partners.
What you say and how you say it will depend on your own personal style. An upfront and positive conversation about herpes issues is the best tactic and may be helped by
forward planning. No matter where the conversation will lead to, it’s
significant to allow for the fact that one or both of you might get emotional and sensitive. Most
people find that their partners are both supportive and understanding. You may initially feel that a person
may base their judgement of you on the fact you have genital herpes. However, for most this is a minor skin infection. Some and others
may fear the possibility of being rejected but in reality this rarely happens. By being honest and telling your partner you have herpes you are allowing them to enter
into the relationship with full knowledge of your infection and that you reduce the likelihood of them
becoming infected with herpes.
Here are some tips on that may help you:
1. Avoid sexual contact when either you or your partner has herpes
2. Avoid touching the sores
3. Practice washing your hands throughout the day
4. Avoid being stressed. Stress is a factor that causes any viral infection and herpes is one of
5. Wear cotton underwear and loose fitting clothes
6. Take Lysine rich supplements to reduce the healing time of the sore
7. Exercise your body to have a strong and healthy mind and heart
8. Eat the right foods and a balanced diet for strong immunity against any
9. To ease pain and discomfort wash the genital area with warm salt water and apply ice packs on
the area where the sores are present
10. Keep the sore or blisters dry