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Real_Project870 t1_j6lmp3e wrote

And even further, when people are referring to herpes as an STI they’re referring to herpes simplex 2 which is only spread via genitals and tends to affect genitals. Meanwhile, ~2/3 of the population carries herpes simplex 1, it’s just cold sores and can be treated effectively w oral/topical antivirals.

Herpes Zoster is chicken pox, but people don’t realize the virus never leaves your body, it just lays dormant. Decades go by until herpes zoster flares up and causes painful shingles. There’s a vaccine, everyone over age 50 should get it.


BillyRay_Valentine t1_j6lwma3 wrote

I got pox late in life and man was it bad. I got those shots as soon as I could because I am not game for shingles at all!