posted on Mar, 28 2013 @ 08:50 PM
Originally posted by Ghost375
The social stigma behind STIs is usually worse than the disease itself.
Let's take Herpes for example. It's an irritating rash. That's it. But what people with it have to deal with society is terrible. The stigma of
Herpes is way worse than any amount of itching. I'm glad I don't have it, but mostly because of the social stigma.
Viewing people with STIs as bad people is stupid. And it's a rampant and widespread behavior, just look at this thread.
an irritating rash??!! Giving out incorrect info is pretty stupid. This is why the kids I deal with dont know squat.. listen to people who have NO
idea.. or who do and minimize it.
HSV2 can be carried by an asymptomatic carrier.. youll never know unless you are either tested or have an outbreak yourself.
It manifests in open sores, flu symptoms, other skin conditions.. you have to schedule sex around outbreaks or you infect your partner. Guess what
happens when those open sores get infected and they wind up in the ER. People can and do get staph infections from herpes sores not being kept clean
or being exposed to bacteria from fecal material. HSV can cause meningitis, encephalitis, viral infections of the liver, lungs, joints... not to
mention people having oral sex with those who are infected... ever seen a person with numerous open sores around and inside the mouth? And in the nose
and eyes?? It survives in mucus.. and ANY mucus membrane can be infected by "genital herpes".. HSV2. Ever seen genital herpes occluding the anus so
badly that a person cant have a bowel movement? The pain is incredible for them. Ive seen women scheduled mid 2nd stage labor for an emergency c
section due to hsv2. It can not only blind, but kill a newborn. I have seen all of these and more as I worked a decade in an ER... but hey, its just
a little rash.
This doesnt magically go away when you are elderly.. the elderly are particularly at risk when they were infected when younger to
serious complications as they age.