People with herpes have relationships and live totally normal lives. There are treatments for herpes, and theres a lot you can do to make sure you dont give herpes to anyone you have sex with. Millions and millions of people have herpes — youre definitely not alone.
Does herpes affect quality of life?
Still, herpes is not a disease that will affect most areas of your life. Outside of sexuality, the major risk pertains to childbearing. Herpes infections can be extremely dangerous to infants. People with herpes who are pregnant or planning to get pregnant should discuss minimizing risk with their obstetricians.
Can herpes make you crazy?
Some individuals with recurrent genital herpes display a range of emotional responses, including depression, anguish, distress, anger, diminution of self-esteem and hostility towards the person believed to be the source of infection.
Should I date a girl with herpes?
Between outbreaks, its OK to have sex, as long as your partner understands and accepts the risk that they may contract herpes. For example, as long as you dont have herpes sores on your mouth, you can perform oral sex on your partner, including when you have an outbreak of genital symptoms.
Can herpes affect brain?
Herpes meningoencephalitis is an infection of the brain and brain covering (meninges) caused by the herpes simplex virus. It is a medical emergency that requires treatment right away.
Does herpes weaken your immune system?
While they can pose serious problems for your immune response, there is no evidence that herpes weakens your immune system in the long run. However, scientists are yet to fully understand exactly how these viruses work.
Should I worry about herpes?
Herpes isnt deadly and it usually doesnt cause any serious health problems. While herpes outbreaks can be annoying and painful, the first flare-up is usually the worst. For many people, outbreaks happen less over time and may eventually stop completely.