Hidden Dangers of Herpes Simplex Virus

The Hidden Dangers of Herpes Simplex Virus
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by Neva J. Howell unless otherwise noted
Herpes is not just an std
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Please read this: The views expressed here are my own and not intended to replace needed medical attention or evaluation for herpes simplex virus infections. That’s true of every article I present but, with this one, due to the seriousness of the complications, I thought it best to impress it on my readers once more. I am not a doctor. I do not diagnose or prescribe. I provide information and my own experience and perspective. Do your homework and design the health care regimen most in alignment with your needs.

The virus that causes genital herpes is said to infect one in four sexually active adults. The strain of herpes that causes oral herpes, such as fever blisters, affects more than that. If you add shingles into the herpes mix, almost everyone is at risk or infected. If that doesn’t qualify as a pandemic, I don’t know what does.

Herpes affects more than your lovelife:
Maybe the reason the systemic and pervasive aspect of herpes infections hasn’t been more in the news is because herpes is still considered primarily a recurring, non-curable genital std, with the focus on what that does to your lovelife. The Valtrex drug folks have certainly saturated the tv with that information, in cleverly designed ads that drive home the point that if you have herpes, you better have Valtrex.

They do this with an attractive, healthy-looking couple. At the beginning of the commercial, one or the other of these good-looking folks says ““I have genital herpes”” while the other, smiling, says ““and I don’t””.

Then there’ is a doctor-looking actor who reports that you can spread herpes at any time, not just when you have signs of an outbreak and that there is only one approved medication for treatment of genital herpes …. tada …. Valtrex.

The commercial ends with the same couple, still smiling. One says “”I still have genital herpes””, driving home again the point that it never goes away and you are never, ever safe from transmitting it. Then, the other half of the glowing couple reports ““and I still don’’t”. I…t is implied that this difference is in great part due to the one with herpes taking Valtrex, right?

Even though the doctor just said nothing can keep you from spreading herpes at any time…. It’s important to hear what they are really saying. It isn’t that Valtrex keeps you from spreading herpes; it is only being said that Valtrex can help reduce outbreaks.

To me, the focus on the std aspect of herpes is WAY missing the boat, anyway. What you don’t see yet, and what I feel has to be coming, are commericals talking about the far more serious implications, systemically, when you have genital herpes. From what I’ve read, the danger goes far beyond the possibility that you may have a more complicated love life with herpes.




Continue reading about the hidden dangers of herpes:

Part Two:
Herpes of the Brain
Part Three:
Cardiovascular / Meningitis Link
Part Four:
Alzheimers, Cancer, More

4 thoughts on “Hidden Dangers of Herpes Simplex Virus

  1. As one of the 1 in 4 people with GHSV2, I find the alarmist tone of your article pretty unhelpful. You write that you’re trying not to scare anyone, but then over-emphasise a few extremely rare complications. GHSV can be serious, but so can the ‘flu – basically, if your immune system is up to scratch, there shouldn’t be a problem.
    As far as I’m aware (and I was told this by a doctor specialising in the field) herpes encephalitis and keratitis can only be caused by oral herpes. In fact oral herpes is far more contagious and has more potential for complications than genital herpes. Genital herpes causes cold sores ‘down below’ and that’s about it – it’s a common skin complaint which is normally medically unimportant.

  2. Jo:

    I’m so glad you commented. It’s part of why I wrote the article. I want a healthy dialogue and yours was great except, perhaps, for starting a little negatively.

    As I wrote in the article, there are online sources that link both genital herpes and oral herpes with brain herpes. The sources I checked were many and medical-based or research-based. I did indeed find some that stated all HSE in adults was caused by oral herpes. I also found some that stated the opposite.

    Since you consulted with a doctor who specializes in the field, I’m very happy to hear you weigh in on the question. I want to also find the sites that said the opposite again and read over those more closely. Perhaps I chose sources that were not so reliable as yours and, if so, will correct the article.

    However, brain herpes is herpes-related and whether oral, genital or the strain the causes shingles, it is a very dangerous condition that can be fatal. To say it is rare might be true and that won’t matter at all to the people who have it. If the cause is oral herpes rather than GSHV most of the time, then the number of people at risk is even larger than the 1 in 4 statistic for GHSV.

    Anything that can infect the cerebrospinal fluid should be considered extremely dangerous, period.

    Also, I feel this information to be vital because so many of the early symptoms of brain herpes could easily be dismissed as the flu, including headaches, runny nose, sore throat, etc. If one person reads this and gets the proper, early diagnosis, it will be worth whatever criticism I have to take for writing it.

    The link between herpes and heart disease also has not ever been studied to the degree that would allow for knowing exactly how many people are affected by that type of migration of the virus.

    And as for the virus settling in the lower spine, well, I can’t imagine that someone could read that this is possible and not be screaming for more research, particularly if they already had herpes.

    The one in four statistic is only genital herpes. If we’re talking about oral herpes, that’s just about everyone. Who hasn’t had a fever blister?

    And who hasn’t had chicken pox, among adults? Most have. So the herpes virus, in one strain or another, is in all of us. So I stand by my position that it is vital that scientific study extend rigorously into other areas of herpes complication and NOW would be the best time for those studies to commence.

    It is my true feeling that, once scientific light is shone on this, the viral effects of ALL strains of HSV will seen to be more pervasive than is now believe to be the case.

    I am not a doctor either, which I make blatantly clear at the beginning of the article.

    I simply cannot agree that herpes is simply a skin complaint that is normally medically unimportant. I respect your right to believe that but the evidence I’ve seen mounting says otherwise.

    And I also agree my article could cause fear. If fear is needed to motivate a closer look at a condition I feel is far too easily dismissed by medical doctors and those who have it alike, then I can handle that though I did not want people to stop at the fear level that may initially emerge.

    I appreciate your post very much and look forward to more healthy, positive dialogue about herpes.

  3. Get your dr to give you a small pox vaccination. I got herpes simplex every since I was a kid. Every summer or when I got a was ill. Never failed. In one of the jobs I had I had to get a small pox shot. In the last 20 years I may have had one or two blisters, that’s it. Now it has been proven that herpes is a strain of the small pox virus. Don’t let your dr. tell you otherwise. Just do it, it works.

  4. Vikki:

    I am definitely not a big fan of vaccinnations so I’d add to what you’ve suggested that people read the pros and cons about whether getting vaccinated is the best approach.

    Are vaccinations safe?

    What the government says:
    http://www.cbn.com/CBNnews/204991.aspx

    A view questioning safety from the holistic health community:
    http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/vaccines.htm

    My own personal view is that, while a vaccination may stop a condition for years, it may also resurface more virulently a few decades later. I’m not saying your herpes simplex will resurface but I am saying there is evidence to suggest (this mainly coming from the homeopathic community, as far as what I’ve read) that vaccinations do not work well with the body’s natural immune response and tend to drive the condition deeper into the cells so that, if it does resurface later, it may be worse than before.

    As I have repeatedly said, I’m not a doctor or a scientist and I would strongly recommend anyone dealing with herpes simplex virus in any of it’s many forms to carefully review all the available options.

    I did not know that herpes had been identified as a strain of the smallpox virus but if that’s true, that would seem to support this idea that something will re-emerge.

    As I’m saying in the article, it is my belief that herpes simplex virus, in all it’s various strains, is a far, far more serious and systemic health condition than is now believed to be the case.

    Thank you for your comments. And I hope the vacinnation holds for you and staves off future herpes outbreaks.

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