By Seth Payne

So you just found out you have herpes, or maybe your significant other just told you that they’ve got herpes.

How’d you find out? Maybe it was a cold sore on your lip, maybe it was the blister on your peter.

Do not panic, and don’t despair. It’s not that bad, but there are a few things you should know.

First, There is no cure. But that’s okay! You know why? You’re not gonna die of herpes. You’ll be getting cold sores until you die, but you won’t die of the herpes. AND, you might not even get the cold sores.

Not everybody that has herpes gets the telltale blisters.

That’s why people don’t even realize that over 50% of adults have some form of herpes. There are as many adults with herpes as there are people who regularly vote. So let’s stop acting like it’s that big a deal.

They asked me to explain herpes in 90 seconds. I said IMPOSSIBLE. I can’t explain my herpes in 90 seconds, much less the entire disease.

But here goes.

There are two types of herpes, oral and genital.

Oral is Herpes Simplex 1, Genital is Herpes Simplex 2. You can remember this by remembering that you have one mouth, two testicles, or in the case of women, two clitorises

Oral is far more common than genital. Most of the people who have oral herpes got it when they were young from a relative or family friend.

Genital herpes is less common, but certainly not rare. About 1 in 6 adults has genital herpes.

Like any STD’s the only real way to eliminate the chance of getting herpes is to abstain from any kind of sexual contact with others, or be monogamous with somebody else who is actually monogamous. Lots of folks out there claiming monogamy. You gotta actually BE monogamous.

You are more contagious while you’re having an active outbreak, but you can still pass the virus to a partner when you’re completely symptom-free.

If you do get the blisters, there are over the counter and prescription treatments that can reduce the time and severity. Talk to your doctor.

BONUS, the outbreaks become less frequent as time goes by.

For more information, check out CDC.gov

Sing it with pride! I’ve got herpes!

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