National Herpes Awareness Day is an important celebration through which people can learn about the causes, risks, and treatments for different types of herpes infections. There is a lot of false information and myths about this disease, so it is important to break the stigma around herpes. It is known that about 12% of people aged 14 to 49 suffer from genital herpes.
Herpes has existed in nature for millions of years, it has been in humans at all stages of its evolutionary development. In 2017, archaeologists found a primate believed to be herpes patient zero. In fact, we hominids have been dealing with itching, pain, and itching due to herpes for thousands of years. However, relatively recently the disease has been stigmatized, with popular culture until the 1960s reporting that herpes is sexually transmitted. Because of this, patients with herpes, especially genital, became objects of universal shame.
National Herpes Awareness Day was created to debunk the myths about this infectious disease. First, herpes cannot be completely destroyed in the body. Second, both types of herpes simplex can cause oral and genital infections. A person can live with the herpes virus in the body, but not feel it. Thirdly, there are a number of symptoms in those who have just been infected: within two weeks, blisters appear, pain in the body, and lymph nodes increase.
You can infect another person with herpes sexually during the period of virus isolation – skin contact with the infected area is enough, and it does not matter if there are external symptoms. External and internal condoms, rubber dams, and antiviral therapy can protect against this disease.
- in the 1st century AD in ancient Rome, because of the outbreak of herpes, Emperor Tiberius forbade kissing;
- in 1713, herpes simplex got its name in Richard Boulton’s System of Rational and Practical Surgery, where it was called Herpes simplex;
- it was not until the 1960s that scientists identified the difference between two types of herpes: HSV-1 and HSV-2.
How to celebrate
On this national day, learn as much as you can about herpes and the people who get it. If you have been diagnosed with a disease, it is time to decide to talk about it with loved ones – honesty will remove the stigma from this disease. Do not forget about the prevention and treatment of this disease. And as for the first, you should not ignore external contraceptives, even with those partners you trust.
When is National Herpes Awareness Day celebrated in 2022?
National Herpes Awareness Day is observed on October 13 each year.