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What's the Difference Between Herpes and Cold Sores? Img

What's the Difference Between Herpes and Cold Sores?

Herpes is a virus that can be passed from person to person and which can cause illness. To be accurate, there are two viruses that are relevant here -- herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV1) and herpes simplex virus 2 (HSV2). Both these viruses can cause bli...

Basic Questions and Answers About Genital Herpes Img

Basic Questions and Answers About Genital Herpes

Herpes is a common sexually transmitted disease (STD) that any sexually active person can get. Most people with the virus don't have symptoms. It is important to know that even without signs of the disease, it can still spread to sexual partners. Wh...

Each Day Renders a Right Now: A Blog Entry by Rae Lewis-Thornton Img

Each Day Renders a Right Now: A Blog Entry by Rae Lewis-Thornton

Well, here I go again!! I started IV medication last Tuesday and this week makes round two. I know for sure that I least have one more round. What a way to spend Thanksgiving week! Things had been going great until now. Other than recovering from the...

Herpes Zoster (Shingles)

What Is Shingles? Shingles and HIV How Is It Transmitted? How Is Shingles Treated? Can Shingles Be Prevented? The Bottom Line What Is Shingles? Shingles is a very painful disease caused by the same herpes virus that causes chicken pox (...

You Live to Learn, You Die to Forget: A Blog Entry by Rae Lewis-Thornton Img

You Live to Learn, You Die to Forget: A Blog Entry by Rae Lewis-Thornton

"I contracted herpes in college before HIV, but now years later my immune system is so shot to hell, it can't fight off the herpes. I will be on a 2-1/2 hour drip 2 times a day."

Herpes ... Again ... Overit.com!! Day 43! Count Down to 50! A Blog Entry by Rae Lewis-Thornton Img

Herpes ... Again ... Overit.com!! Day 43! Count Down to 50! A Blog Entry by Rae Lewis-Thornton

"[T]he doctors think that there is a part of my immune system that was so damaged from my early days of AIDS that now I just can't fight herpes off. They consider this an AIDS related infection because if I didn't have AIDS, I wouldn't have such aggr...

Appreciating the Right Now Moments! A Blog Entry by Rae Lewis-Thornton Img

Appreciating the Right Now Moments! A Blog Entry by Rae Lewis-Thornton

As she readies herself for another round of intravenous treatment for her drug-resistant herpes, Rae Lewis-Thornton refuses to let anxiety get the best of her. "Many times we allow what's to come affect the right now and miss the opportunity of the m...

Monday Reflection: Herpes, AIDS and Shame ... A Blog Entry by Rae Lewis-Thornton Img

Monday Reflection: Herpes, AIDS and Shame ... A Blog Entry by Rae Lewis-Thornton

"Dealing with health issues is one thing; having to deal with them wrapped in shame is an entire other thing," Rae Lewis-Thornton writes. "But at the end of the day, none of this can be undone. Yes, I have these sexually transmitted diseases that hav...

Vaccine Sharply Cuts Risk of Shingles in Seniors, Study Finds

A Kaiser Permanente study of Zostavax shows the vaccine against herpes zoster can reduce the incidence of painful shingles outbreaks by 55 percent, even in the oldest populations. The varicella zoster virus causes chickenpox and shingles, and can rem...

Experimental Genital Herpes Vaccine Fails Major Clinical Trial

Researchers said on Thursday that an experimental vaccine to protect women from genital herpes disease had failed in a Phase III trial. GlaxoSmithKline, which manufactured the candidate, said it is abandoning its work on the Simplirix vaccine. The He...