Office Visits with Dr. V

Episode 5: Herpes: “Ain’t nobody got time” for the shame and the fear.

December 25, 2020

Please listen to this episode! Please!  Get your joy back, if you have Herpes, and if you don't, learn more about this infection.  Merry Christmas!


01:34 - Although herpes can affect everybody just like the other STDs, it should not be treated as a common STD since there is usually a lot of stigmas, shame, and miscommunication surrounding herpes. After contracting the disease, you'll probably start seeing a blister or an ulcer around your genital area, which is usually very painful. The pain is usually because herpes loves making camp in the nerves. In extreme conditions, patients can sometimes get a fever or general body weakness.

04:21 – Like most STDs, the only way to get herpes is through skin to skin contact or sex. And by sex, Dr. V refers to everything that involves sexual organs, so that also includes both anal and oral. The bad thing about herpes is that it can sometimes be asymptomatic, which means a person can have it and not know about it. Dr. V advises people to seek medical help as soon as they notice any symptoms or feel like they might have come into contact with an infected person.

07:30 - In order for your doctor to test for herpes, they will take samples from the blisters. If you don't have blisters on your genital area, your doctor will instead draw blood and test it for herpes.

10:20 – Physical treatment of herpes is usually straightforward, your doctor only has to deal with the blisters, and you'll be fine in no time. However, the emotional part of it is sometimes hard since the fact that herpes will be with you all your life is something most patients struggle to accept. There are three reasons why doctors treat herpes. The first one is to prevent an outbreak. If you have herpes outbreaks they can attack you every once in a while and doctors have a medication for treatment. The second reason is to prevent you from transmitting the infection to other people. The third reason is to protect your unborn child from contracting herpes. 

14:47 – As earlier mentioned, once you contract herpes, you'll have it all your life since there is currently no cure. This means that a lot of people tend to stigmatize people with herpes forgetting that contracting herpes is not the end of life. In fact, the CDC states that the anxiety and stigma surrounding genital herpes does not reflect the severity of the disease. Although herpes is incurable it is not as detrimental as some other diseases with life-threatening consequences. Dr. V believes herpes does not define an individual negatively, because many people have been known to live happy and healthy lives just like normal people with herpes.


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