What are Your Chances of Having Genital Herpes?

Statistically there's an excellent chance that you do not have genital herpes. However, whether you have another type of herpes or not, is a different matter altogether.

Here are the facts:

  • The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 90% of the population of the United States has one form of herpes or another, and one fifth of those estimated cases are genital herpes.
  • Nationwide, at least 45 million men, women and children age 12 and older or one out of every six Americans are now infected with genital herpes.
  • The majority of people with genital herpes are unaware of having been infected. Most of the victims are either asymptomatic (they have no symptoms at all), or their symptoms are mild enough to go unnoticed.

The only way you can be certain that you are disease free, is if you've:

  1. Never kissed anyone.
  2. Never indulged in heavy petting below the waist.
  3. Or if you are a virgin!

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Can Genital Herpes be Cured?

The answer is no.

Herpes cannot be cured (yet). Once you've contracted the virus, it's with you for life. However, antiviral therapy together with adopting an alkaline diet can ease the symptoms and speed up recovery.


There is some Good News

  • In addition to the above, by using Dynamiclear (a natural remedy developed by an Australian biochemist), you will eliminate or ease your symptoms, shorten the duration of outbreaks and lower the risk of infecting others. In some cases this treatments can prevent outbreaks altogether.
  • Since your immune system gradually develops antibodies, the severity, duration and frequency of outbreaks diminish over time – and often disappear altogether over the years.
  • Apart from the above, there are various other forms of treatment that can improve your quality of life by reducing or eliminating symptoms.


Here's some more good news

As a result of a primary infection, the body produces antibodies to the particular type of HSV involved, whether it's HSV-1 or HSV-2.

This process is known as "Seroconversion," and it takes 2 to 12 weeks to develop. 

For example, if you have oral herpes (cold sores) brought about by the HSV-1 virus, 2 to 12 weeks after the primary infection, the resultant antibodies developed by your immune system will prevent you from contracting an additional form of HSV-1.

In other words, if your first contacted HSV-1, once it has developed, Seroconversion protect you from contracting most of the lesser known types of HSV-1, such as herpetic whitlow and ocular herpes (sometimes called “Eye Herpes”).

Seroconversion also applies if you started out by being infected with the genital variety (HSV-2) and not HSV-1. On the other hand, if you started with HSV-1, the resultant antibodies give you a certain measure of immunity against other exotic forms of Herpesviridae, including HSV-2).


Now for the Bad News

If you have either of the herpes types, there is a very good chance of passing it on to someone else such as friends, family, children, spouses or lovers – without being aware of doing so. 

This is because the herpes virus, both genital herpes and the milder HSV-1, can be transmitted via casual contact such as kissing, hugging and even shaking hands, as well as participating in sexual activity.


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  • Women's Health.gov: Genital Herpes Fact Sheet 
  • American Academy of Dermatology: Herpes Simplex
  • University of South Caroliner School of Medecine: Herpes Viruses
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Herpes
  • DirectX: Seroconversion
  • MedScape: Genital Herpes Infection - Beyond a Clinical Diagnosis


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