“Herpes In Men Is For Life, But Male Herpes Doesn’t Have To Control Your Life. Find Out How You Can Eliminate Symptoms of Male Genital Herpes and Oral Herpes.”

An estimated 1 in 5 people in North America have herpes. Herpes in men is just as prevalent as herpes in women.

Once you get oral or genital herpes, it’s yours for life.  After the initial attack, it remains an unwelcome guest in your body forever. It finds a cozy place to lie low until it stirs up trouble again.  It causes recurrent outbreaks that often happen at the worst times, such as when you are already sick or when you have an important function to attend.  This is not just bad luck.  Stress can depress the functioning of the immune system and increase the likelihood of outbreaks.

Not only are you stuck with the virus; you can also pass it along to sex partners for the rest of your life. Flare-ups may continue to recur, sometimes with annoying frequency.  On the other hand, some people have no recurrences. Still others have mild, brief recurrences that become less frequent over time.

Different types of herpes are caused by variants of the Herpes simplex virus.  The most common type, Herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1), causes oral herpes.  Symptoms of oral herpes is characterized by cold sores or fever blisters on the lips or mouth.  It can also be transferred to the genitals by the hands or by oral-genital contact.  Click here to view more signs and symptoms of herpes in men and male herpes pictures.

Genital herpes in men and women is caused by a related but distinct virus, the Herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2).  The female and male genital herpes virus produces painful, shallow sores and blisters on the genitals.  HSV-2 can also be transferred to the mouth through oral-genital contact.  Both types of herpes can be transmitted sexually.  Another type of herpes virus (type 8 ) is also transmitted sexually and is connected with Kaposi’s sarcoma, a kind of cancer found frequently in men with HTV/AIDS.

Physicians are not required to report cases of herpes in men or women to public health officials, so there are no precise statistics on its prevalence.

COPING WITH MALE GENITAL HERPES

The psychological problems connected with male genital herpes can be more distressing than the physical effects of the illness.  The prospects of a lifetime of recurrences and concerns about infecting one’s sex partners exacerbate the emotional impact of herpes.  A “herpes syndrome’ has been described that involves feelings of anger, depression, isolation, and even thoughts of being tainted, ugly; or dangerous.

An anonymous survey of Brooklyn College students suggests the emotional toll being exacted by the herpes epidemic.  Among people with herpes, 55% reported strong emotional responses to it, and 28% reported moderate reactions.  Only 17% reported mild reactions.  The majority reported feelings of fear and anger.  Half indicated feeling “damaged.”  Most also believed that herpes had affected their sexual behaviour; 75% said that they had avoided sex for “a long time” because of herpes.  Although most had resumed sexual, many sought partners who were also infected so that they would not have to explain the disease, or risk transmitting it, to uninfected people.  Given the consequences of herpes in men and women, you might think that students would be concerned about contracting the disease.

Another survey at Brooklyn College revealed that most sexually active, uninfected students perceived herpes as having serious consequences.  However, about three out of four were not fearful of contracting the disease, and nearly half had not changed their dating behaviour because of it.

People with herpes often feel angry, especially toward those who transmitted the disease to them.  They may also feel anxious about making a long-term commitment or bearing children.

Most people with herpes do learn to cope. Some are helped by support groups that share ways of living with the disease. A caring and trusting partner is extremely important whether you are dealing with herpes in men or women.

The attitudes of people who have herpes also play a role in their success in adjusting to it.  People who view herpes as a manageable illness or problem, not as a medical disaster or a character deficit, seem to find it easier to cope.

If you have herpes, you can eliminate symptoms of both female and male genital herpes and oral herpes with the Core Sore Free Forever Program.  Click here to learn more about the Core Sore Free Forever Program.