’ moment,” said Fred Wyand, spokesman for the American Social Health Association. It can lie dormant for many years, suddenly cropping up in the midst of monogamous marriages.
The herpesvirus encourages the body to create proteins like this (pictured), which grow and create an environment to nourish tumors.
But Dawson, who lives in New York City, said she felt empowered talking bluntly about her affliction.
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But here’s the kicker: When they’re shedding, people who’ve never had symptoms shed roughly the same of virus as people who’ve had symptoms. -Overall prevalence by the time people reach their forties is 26%. Shrier of Children’s pointed out that “herpes is tricky:” genital herpes infections can also involve HSV-1, the virus known best as “cold sores” around the mouth.
So it’s clearer than ever that lack of symptoms is no guarantee against infection. Wald said, “Asymptomatic shedding may be the central phenomenon of transmission.” In the old days, doctors would warn herpes patients to avoid sexual contact mainly when they had active lesions, believing that was the only time they were really contagious. -In the general population, one-fifth of women and 11.5% of men are infected. If someone with HSV-1 performs oral sex, the receiving partner may contract genital herpes, though it is HSV-1 rather than the typical 2.
Though this is her longstanding message, she now has better evidence to back it up than ever before. The latest CDC figures on genital herpes prevalence, as measured by blood tests for antibodies, are here.
Last week, a pre-eminent researcher on the genital herpes virus, known as Herpes Simplex Virus 2 or HSV-2, published a landmark paper documenting the striking rate at which people with no herpes symptoms can nonetheless “shed virus,” potentially infecting partners. Anna Wald of the University of Washington, found that people who’d had symptoms of herpes shed virus on about 20 percent of days, while people who test positive for herpes antibodies but have never had symptoms shed virus on only about 10 percent of days. Highlights: -More than 80% of people with herpes are undiagnosed.