I want to reduce the stigma, with things going viral online so much these days how great would it be to start something for herpes...the ALS ice bucket challenge went everywhere, I saw Nicole Richie do it with jessica alba, doesn't jessica have herpes?
I would even like to see a link that gains popularity, I would write something like this;
THERES A GOOD CHANCE GRANDMA HAS GENITAL HERPES!
Yep that's right 50-70%!!! Of women over 45 have the virus which causes genital herpes (http://commonhealth.wbur.org/2011/04/latest-genital-herpes) . Herpes statistics are only increasing (30% higher since the 70's) so how will that effect youth of today by the time they reach this age? Medical experts predict by 2025 48% of women and 38% of men will carry HSV2, add that to the fact a lot of genital herpes infections today are caused by hsv1 (cold sores down below) and you have to ask , who WONT have genital herpes?
So why is this happening? You could say we are marrying later and having more sexual partners, but there's no denying that the facts herpes is NOT, I repeat NOT included in a standard STD check, condoms don't give complete protection, 80% of people have no symptoms, and that once you have it, the condition can be significantly suppressed but not cured are all adding to the spread.
So what needs to be done? End the stigma! If people could talk about this, they would know what I stated above, be comfortable taking to their doctor, and be comfortable talking to partners. If everybody was diagnosed I guarantee everybody would find a friend to lean on (statistics are as high as 1 in 4 women). There hasn't been any new medication in the area for many years and if the people who had herpes had a proud and collective voice I'm sure there would be advances .
People diagnosed with herpes feel ashamed and alone,, but the proof says otherwise! If everybody who had herpes actually knew and didn't feel they had to hide the world would be a better place....not just for the people diagnosed but for every single person who will ever be sexually active, period.
Labelled the "gift that keeps on giving" because of the no cure status, but made the centre of jokes because it's not lethal, surely people would have compassion when they realise their mother, sister, uncle, school teacher, bank teller could be silently suffering.
Now isn't that message something to spread?
Or something like that maybe that's abit to corny haha but you's know what I mean, if people were educated on this I could maybe talk to someone as could everyone else but I feel I need to hide Behind mask...I just wana put it out there I mean until I got this I never thought it "would happen to me" and would never suspected to know someone who has it but statistically I now know I do. There's needs to be awareness I really feel that.