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Re-Entering the Dating Scene
Now that you know you have genital herpes, you're out of the dating game, right? Absolutely not. There's no reason to stop looking for love and fun.

Genital herpes doesn't detract from your many desirable qualities, which have drawn people to you in the past and will continue to make you a great catch.

Broaching the Topic of Genital Herpes
The first date after your diagnosis may seem a little strange, however. If you hope to be sexually intimate with your date at some point, you may feel like you're keeping a nasty secret. If you are one to be candid with people, you'll want to blurt it out. Don't. There are some things you should reveal about yourself right away -- for example, that you're married, or that you're just in town for the week -- but some things are better left for the appropriate moment.

It's up to you to decide the right time to tell your date that you have genital herpes. Follow two rules: First, don't wait until after having sex. Second, don't wait until you're just about to have sex -- in which case the attraction may be too strong for either of you to think rationally and act responsibly.

If in the past you tended to start a new relationship with sex, you now might want to change your approach. It might be better to break the news about your herpes to someone who has already grown attached to you. Kissing, cuddling, and fondling are safe, so you don't have to tell before you do that. But use your best judgment as to how physically intimate you want to get before telling. One thing could lead to another, and you might find yourself in an awkward situation.

Dealing With Rejection
Anyone who dates should be prepared for rejection. The person you're seeing may beat a hasty retreat when he or she finds out about your genital herpes. If you get the "I just want to be friends" talk after telling your sweetheart you have herpes, consider this: He or she may have already been looking for a way out, and herpes was as good an excuse as any. What's more, anyone who disdains you or humiliates you for having herpes was never worth your while.

Keep dating, and you will find someone who wants to be with you regardless of your herpes status. There are certainly some who wouldn't mind keeping the intimacy level just short of doing things that could transmit the virus. And of those people, it's likely that at least one will come around, and say, "Hey, I understand there's a risk, but I'm crazy about you, so I'm willing to take it."

Depending on your dating style, you might look for another person who knows he or she has herpes, if only to avoid having to discuss it. If you already use dating services or personal ads, you can also use any of those specifically for people with genital herpes. A search on the Internet for "herpes dating" will turn up several.

Mar
24
2008
  1. Common, but on the decline
    Nationwide, at least 45 million people ages 12 and older -- or one out of five adolescents and adults -- have had genital herpes, a sexually transmitted disease caused by the herpes simplex viruses type 1 or type 2. Over the past decade, the percentage of Americans with genital herpes has decreased, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports. It's more common in women (about one out of four women) than men (almost one out of eight).
  2. Symptoms
    Most people who have genital herpes don't know it because they've never had any symptoms or don't recognize them. But often, when a person becomes infected for the first time, symptoms appear in two to 10 days. Early signs include a tingling feeling or itching in the genital area, or pain in the buttocks or down the leg. Blisters typically appear on or around the genitals or rectum. You can still infect a partner if sores aren't visible.
  3. New research
    Some clinical trials are testing drugs aimed at disrupting genes or enzymes that the virus needs to survive. Several vaccines are in various stages of development, as well as gels or creams that a woman could insert into the vagina before sex to prevent infection in herself and her partner.
  4. Pregnancy
    If a woman has her first episode of genital herpes while she's pregnant, she can pass the virus to her unborn child and may deliver a premature baby. Half of the babies infected with herpes either die or suffer nerve damage. If a pregnant woman has an outbreak and it is not the first one, her baby's risk of being infected during delivery is very low.
  5. Donating blood
    People with herpes can donate blood. According to the American Red Cross, individuals taking antiviral medication (acyclovir, valacyclovir, famciclovir) will need to wait 48 hours after their last dose before donating blood. The American Red Cross says those currently experiencing an outbreak of genital herpes should not donate blood.

Nicole
http://www.STDromance.com Is a STD dating site for people with herpes, HIV, HPV and other STDS.

May
04
2006

Delve into BODY WORLDS through the lenses of religion, art, and medicine. Experience the human drama of BODY WORLDS. The Science Museum of Minnesota presents three community forums on topics germane to this internationally acclaimed exhibition. Moderated by Science Museum of Minnesota President, Dr. Eric Jolly.

  • Where: 3D Cinema Auditorium at the Science Museum of Minnesota
  • Cost: $30 per forum (non-members); $22 per forum (members). Includes entry to BODY WORLDS and museum exhibitions. Admission the the forums ONLY is available for $13 (non-members), $12 (members). (Stories Behind Organ and Body Donation is FREE!)
  • REGISTER NOW: (651) 221-9444 or (800) 221-9444

Religious Views of the Human Body and Soul In and After Death
Tuesday, May 16, 2006
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Moderated by Science Museum of Minnesota President, Dr. Eric Jolly

As science advances, we know more about our bodies and how they work, but there are still questions for most of us about what happens in death and how to treat the dead. Religions offer their own perspectives on whether there is a soul and how it is related to the physical body. Is the soul part of the body or separate; can it be diminished when we remove a limb or an organ? Religious leaders and theologians will help us contemplate and compare the variety of religious belief systems about the body and soul and how BODY WORLDS fit into these schema.

Speakers:
Rabbi Marcia Zimmerman, Senior Rabbi, Temple Israel; Paul Wojda, Ph.D., University of St. Thomas; Brother Owais Bayunus, Islamic Center of Minnesota

Stories Behind Organ and Body Donation
FREE
Tuesday, May 23, 2006
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

When you get your driver's license, you have the option to become an organ donor. What's the difference between organ or tissue donation and whole body donation? What really happens to bodies donated to science? The BODY WORLDS exhibition raises the community's awareness about body donation. Organ donors, donors' families, and recipients will share their experiences of receiving donated organs and the personal meaning of donating one's body for science. Guests will be required to reserve a complimentary ticket in advance.

Speakers:
David Lee, Director, Anatomy Bequest Program, Medical School, University of Minnesota; Dr. Frazier Eales, Life Source

Human Body in Art: In the Anatomy Theater/Wrestling with the Real
Tuesday, June 6, 2006
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Moderated by Science Museum of Minnesota President, Dr. Eric Jolly

Much of the consternation about the touring exhibition, BODY WORLDS, hinges on the "realness" of the bodies on display. This talk will focus on the use of the actual body by artists since the 1940s, highlighting various artistic strategies and the possible cultural meanings of such use of the body. We will examine both the artists' intentions and the responses of the viewing public who in the end are forced to wrestle with the often disturbing reality of the re-contextualized human body.

Speakers:
Michael Gaudio, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Art History, University of Minnesota; Diane Mullin, Ph.D., Associate Curator, Weisman Art Museum