Thank you Rajah!
We are so appreciative of your copy editing (sending karmic megabucks your way). We also received some great feedback via email from other raccoon.com members. We’d like to respond below (response in italics):
You say there are only two types of herpes. That's wrong, there are 8 human types of herpes identified. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herpesviridae updated language to reflect “most recognized”
You say that HSV1 produces sores inside the mouth while actually it's much more accurate to say that it produces sores around the mouth and lips rather than inside the mouth in most cases. updated, thank you!
You say that herpes is very contagious.. Given the statistics that, for example, couples where the male is not infected and the female does have HSV2, have a per year transmission rate of less than 4% assuming that the only precaution taken is to avoid contact with symptomatic areas. I'd not call that highly contagious. we are concerned about downplaying the contagiousness of the virus
It looks like you may have a company that is going to be selling some sort of herpes related product, but your website at http://www.saludhealthproducts.com/ doesn't tell us much. Care to elaborate? see below
There is no such thing as a past herpes infection. Once you have herpes, you always have herpes. You might not get symptoms, you might have mild symptoms - but you always have herpes, and always have the chance to transmit it. true, sentence removed
In the transmission part, I LOVE the part about inanimate objects. However, I think you should let people know that it’s very common that hsv1 can be genital (according to the CDC, about 30-50% of all new genital herpes infections are hsv1), but that oral hsv2 is rare. like above, not sure we want to downplay contagiousness
I don't think it’s an accurate statement to say that "Women have a high percentage chance of contracting herpes after unprotected sexual activity with an infected man. “ Yes, the chances are higher for a woman, but if sex is avoided with symptoms present, the chances are about 8-10% a year. That's not really all that high. changed from high to higher
I LOVE the "It may not be herpes" section. That's so important to note.
I also think you need to say in here somewhere that 90% of those with ghsv2 don't know they have it, so testing is very important, and that most people don't get big ugly symptoms. updated testing to reflect
Salud Health Products does not focus exclusively on herpes. That said we do hope to offer an immune system support supplement targeted to help those with herpes. We are trying our best to base the product on the best available scientific research and the experience of herbalists. The final formulation is still not 100% set, and we’d love your feedback on the ingredients (we have toyed with the idea of making this an open source concept, but not really sure on how to properly have an open source health supplement):
Red Marine Algae
Astragalus membranaceus L. (commonly astragulus root)
Prunella Vulgaris (Commonly selfheal/allheal)
We have also removed the following ingredients from consideration for various reasons:
Echinacea (conflicting evidence)
St. John’s Wort (too little data)
Hyssop (toxicity concerns)
We are still months away from offering a product. We don’t want to offer snake oil, but something that will have a meaningful impact on people’s lives. Our current focus is on providing good information to the general public. We think the base content necessary is roughly in place, although as you can see from above the collected wisdom of this site is far greater than our six months of research and writing.
Thank you so much once again!