The Basics
Symptoms and Diagnosis
Living with Herpes

The Basics

Billions of people worldwide have herpes simplex virus type 1. Do we have your attention now?

From ancient Greece to the 1960s, the history of it's stigmatization is long and complex.

Before COVID, a virus had already infected the globe. We might fix it the same way.

In rare cases, this common STI can do a lot of harm.

Symptoms and Diagnosis

To avoid transmitting an infection, you first have to know you have it.

Here’s how to manage oral herpes breakouts and prevent them from reoccurring.

Surprise: Your regular STI screening doesn't include one. Here's why it's best to be proactive.

A common infection with a wide variety of symptoms and severity, HSV can be easy to miss.


These similar viruses have some very important differences.

Herpes infections last a lifetime. Thankfully, there are effective treatment options.

A mindful nutrition plan can help reduce the severity of symptoms

Herpes can't be cured, but you can treat cold sores caused by the virus.

Living with Herpes

Finding the right partner is already difficult. HSV-2 doesn't have to make it harder.

HSV-2 has different considerations for people born with vaginas than for people with penises.

Predicting the timing of an HSV recurrence is impossible. Knowing what to look for isn't.

Content creators are fighting back against herpes' longtime stigma.

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