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graceadmin
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"newly diagnosed read this PLUS Terri Warren hsv educ video"
 
LAST EDITED ON Jun-04-12 AT 10:31 PM (CDST) by Rajah (admin)
 
If you are newly diagnosed with genital herpes and looking for information and support you have come to the right place Finding your way around HHP can take a few days so to start you on your herpes educational journey I highly recommend you take the time to read the herpes handbook at http://www.westoverheights.com/handbook.htm . It's a terrific place to start learning about herpes, treatments and how to reduce the chances of transmitting the virus to a partner. It's free and can be read on the web or printed out.

If you are looking for more information on herpes testing www.herpesdiagnosis.com is a great website to learn about herpes lesion cultures and the different blood tests.

For great information on all std's in general and how to test for them www.ashastd.org is another good site to check out.

When you have the time look around HHP and check out all the info and links we have. There is much more info on herpes in our awareness section if you want to read more after the handbook. Feel free to ask anything you want and someone will try to help you with your questions.

Once again welcome to the herpes homepage

The first step in stopping the perceived stigma about genital herpes - is to stop believing in it yourself


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1. "RE: newly diagnosed members read this :)"
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We've developed a journal you can use to track your obs (outbreaks) to help you figure out potential triggers and successful treatments.

HHP Herpes Journal Link: http://www.racoon.com/herpes/ob_log/

There are two versions. There are jpg and pdf files you can print and then use to write in your entries. The other is an Excel spreadsheet. It gave us a hard time, but we wanted a version you could keep as a live file for you to save to your computer and type in your entries. You would also be able to revise the document however you like. This particular file has a couple of sample entries to give you an idea of what to write.


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So hold on...hold on...hold on...hold on.
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2. "RE: newly diagnosed members read this :)"
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   LAST EDITED ON Sep-28-08 AT 06:23 PM (CDT) by muffin (admin)
 
And remember, just being told that you have genital herpes is NOT a complete diagnosis. You may have either HSV-2 *OR* HSV-1 genitally, despite the common misperception that type 1 is only "upstairs."

It is estimated that 30-50% of new herpes infections in the genital area are actually caused by HSV-1, a.k.a. the "cold sore" virus.

If you haven't gotten a type specific Herpeselect blood test, it is recommended that you do so in order to have a better idea of your typical prognosis, and of what to tell future partners.

Most of the info about genital herpes you will come across is specific to GHSV-2. So here is some info specifically for those diagnosed with GHSV-1:

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Transmission of HSV-1 to the genital area is almost always the result of a previously HSV-1 negative person receiving oral sex from someone with a history of cold sores.

When HSV-1 infects the genital area, it usually behaves quite differently from symptomatic type 2 after the first outbreak. Perhaps most noteworthy, for most people it is not very, if at all, recurrent. Current studies show that 50% of those whose genital outbreak was caused by HSV-1 will never have a recurrence in their entire lifetime. The rest average only 1 outbreak every other year.

(However, it should be noted that a small minority of those with GHSV-1 do experience frequent outbreaks.)

It is highly unlikely that someone with typical GHSV-1 will ever transmit HSV-1 to another person, either orally or genitally. This is because of two reasons:

1)HSV-1 is outside of its home territory when it infects the genital region, so it does not usually reactivate often (if at all) from that location. This means that those with GHSV-1 will rarely, if ever, be contagious after their initial outbreak.

2)60-80% of people already have HSV-1 and are therefore very well protected by their antibodies from ever getting it again or in a second location.

For these reasons, condoms and/or suppressive medication are not generally recommended for a typical case of GHSV1.

However, it is up to each individual how they would like to proceed with treatments and precautions.
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3. "A small clarification on point 1) and maybe I'm being picky, ..."
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but I believe that the shedding of GHSV1 is somewhere between 1/2 and 1/4 of the frequency of GHSV2, but I don't have the study to reference at the moment (durn boss expects me to actually do some work), so I wouldn't want someone with GHSV1 to think that they don't have some obligation to tell a prospective partner about it. The risk is non-zero, although statistically less than for GHSV2.

Overall, that's good information.

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5. "herpes educational video by Terri Warren"
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LAST EDITED ON Oct-05-11 AT 09:47 PM (CDST) by Rajah (admin)
 
originally posted by grace

Jun-13-05, 08:55 AM (CDT)

"herpes video"

LAST EDITED ON Apr-26-07 AT 01:14 PM (CST) by Rajah (admin)

GSK has allowed Terri Warren to add their newest educational video on herpes to her website It's about 17 minutes long and is quite useful for the newly diagnosed. It's also easier to watch a video if you are stressed out than it is to read thru the handbook so it's a good place to start and then you can read the handbook later I saw it myself not long after it came out and it's nicely done
http://westoverheights.com/index-6.html
Note that the Westover Heights site has recently be re-designed and this is a new URL for the video. - Rajah


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