Everything This Usher Story Is Not Telling You About Herpes

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 07:  Usher Raymond seen out in Manhattan on  June 7, 2017 in New York City.  (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)

Everything This Usher Story Is Not Telling You About Herpes

Some things to consider before a witch hunt.

Published July 21, 2017

The internet has been shook over a story that Usher allegedly passed on herpes to a woman and then had to pay damages to her for failure to disclosure his condition. But there is a lot that this scenario doesn't tell us and there are several things that you should know about herpes before you go on a witch hunt for those already infected. Yes, it is an STD, but educating yourself and understanding the source of the stigma is paramount to pushing conversations forward. Let's review what you should know. 

  1. there are different types of herpes

    Herpes are very common among adults and can be caused by herpes simplex type 1 and 2 (HSV-1, HSV-2). HSV-1 causes cold sores on the mouth or face and can be transmitted to one's genitals by oral/genital sex. HSV-2 is genital herpes and is usually caused by HSV-1 herpes. 

    Test tube with blood sample for herpes zoster test
    (Photo: Getty Images)
  2. 1 in 3 people have Herpes

    1 in 3 people have the virus that causes herpes. Oral herpes is much more common, affecting around 80 percent of people, while 40 percent of genital herpes is caused by HSV-1 herpes. 

    Serious women standing on urban rooftop
    (Photo: Getty Images)
  3. 80 percent of infected people don't know it

    Not everyone who is infected is aware that they have herpes. The symptoms might be very mild or not present at all. 

    (Photo: Getty Images)
  4. there is a treatment

    There is no cure for herpes, but there is effective treatment. Daily medications are available to help prevent recurrences and transmission of the virus. 

    How do you show yourself love? #selflove #love #lavernecox #quote #mentalhealth

    A post shared by Planned Parenthood (@plannedparenthood) on

  5. Condoms won't save you

    A lot of people think that using protection during sex is going to prevent you from getting herpes. While you should always use protection, it's important to note condoms won't prevent the transfer of the disease. It certainly reduces the chances, but does not eliminate them. 

    (Photo: Get Check Ohama)
  6. Herpes is often mistaken for other things

    Herpes sores are very mild and can often be mistaken for insect bites, abrasions, yeast infection or jock itch.

    (Photo: Getty Images)
  7. herpes does not affect fertility

    The herpes virus does not cause infertility in men or women. Women with herpes can have normal pregnancies and births, although it is important to note that herpes can be passed to your baby. While rare, there is a possibility, and you should always consult with a physician if you or your partner have herpes and are expecting a child. 

    Pregnant Woman Meeting With Nurse In Clinic to discuss pregnancy
    (Photo: Getty Images)
  8. Herpes does not get passed through blood

    The herpes virus is not present in blood. A common myth is that people with herpes cannot donate blood, but in fact, they can. Herpes can only be passed through direct skin-to-skin contact. 

    A blood sample is being prepared on a glass slide at an East African Hospital for viewing under the microscope.
    (Photo: Getty Images)
  9. herpes is not always infectious

    A person who is infected with herpes might not actually be able to pass it to someone else. If there were no symptoms of herpes, that usually means the virus was shed from the skin and you are not infectious. 

    Shot of a young woman inspecting her skin in front of the bathroom mirror
    (Photo: Getty Images)
  10. Outbreaks occur multiple times a year

    A person with HSV-2 can have four to five outbreaks per year, but a person with HSV-1 is subject to less than one outbreak per year. 

    Female doctor discussing with a patients
    (Photo: Getty Images)

Written by Omneya Aboushanab & Brianna Allen

(Photo: Robert Kamau/GC Images)


Latest in style