About a year ago I went through the process of defining my relationship with herpes. Not my herpes (I don’t have it as far as I know – more on that later), but everyone else’s. Herpes seems to be responsible for so many tears and so much anger…
While I agree that the stigma of HSV2 can seem overplayed, it does have significant health risks. It is absolutely transmissible through vaginal births, and though women can opt for c-sections, that also carries its own risks. People are also more susceptible to secondary bacterial infections during outbreaks. While outbreaks can be minimized with prophylactic antivirals, many of these meds have renal toxicity and can also increase the incidence of kidney stones.
Do I think genital herpes is the end of the world? No.
Do I think contracting genital herpes poses considerable health ramifications? Yes.
Regardless of my opinion, much of which is derived from peer-reviewed literature, I would always encourage others to take control of their own health; engage in safe practices, do your research, and stay informed.