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Genital Herpes Are Spreading Across the United States

June 28, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 155

In 2012, the estimated cases of genital herpes in the nation is 16% to 20%. If you think that is a small number, think again. More women have genital herpes than men, about one in five women are infected with genital herpes and about one in nine men are infected with genital herpes; the numbers can vary. It is easier for a male to infect a female than for a female to infect a male, which accounts for women having higher percentages of genital herpes. Look around the room and count how many people might have genital herpes, better yet, look in the mirror.

One of the scariest things about herpes is the number of people who are infected and have no clue they have a sexually transmitted disease STD. Unfortunately, not knowing you have genital herpes means most likely you continue to possibly spread the STD and you are at a higher risk for contracting HIV the virus that causes AIDs. Also, pregnant women can pass the disease on to their unborn child. One might wonder how people could have genital herpes and not know it. People with herpes can be symptom free or they might show slight symptoms and brush symptoms off as something else.

There is no cure for herpes but there are treatments. Possibly one of the worst things about being infected with genital herpes is the psychological effect it has one the individual. Not wanting to share the information about having the disease with your sex partners is understandable but not acceptable. It is important to be as open as possible about your STD condition. Some people choose to only have sex with others who already have been diagnosed with the STD. But then there are the people who have herpes and simply do not know it.

There is only one reason why people are walking around without the knowledge that they are infected with genital herpes and those are the people who have not made an appointment to get STD testing at a local STD clinic near them. Anyone who is sexually active and over the age of eighteen should make an appointment for STD testing, even if they think they are in a monogamous relationship; the process is simple. Call an STD clinic and they will get you in the same or next day, unlike a doctor's office where it can take weeks, and sometimes even months, to get an appointment. When you go in for your appointment, you will be given the choice to pay by cash so that there will be no trace of your ever having been tested for an STD, unlike a doctor's office where you create a permanent record of your appointment. At the STD clinic, you will be asked to have a blood draw and give a urine sample. Around forty-eight hours after the STD test, you will be notified with the results. If the results happen to be positive, the STD clinic offers counseling. Counseling is something a person who is newly diagnosed with herpes is encouraged to take advantage of since it is available and sometimes people are devastated by the news that they have an STD.

Discovering you have genital herpes can be a life changing experience but it is not a life ending experience.

There are many ways to get an STD, and if you get one, find a location for STD Testing in Denver.

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