Herpes is one of the most common virally transmitted STI’s. There were 32,000 new diagnoses in 2013 (HPA, 2013); this is an 89% increase from 2003. Many people can carry the virus and it will not cause any problems, however some people still suffer great emotional distress when diagnosed due to the generally very negative view of herpes.
If you say ‘cold sore’ people won’t care but herpes and cold sores are in fact both caused by the same virus! There are two types of herpes, one that can affect the face and one that can affect the genital area. Both types can be found at either site.
A Sexual Health Expert’s Guide To Herpes, by Stewart Attridge (specialist sexual health nurse)
Read the full post on the Student Health Guide.