Hepatitis C is a virus that could cause inflammation of the liver. In the U.S 3.2 million people have Hepatitis C. The virus typically causes so few symptoms; most of them don't know they have the disease. In some cases it could take years before an individual with Hepatitis C is placed on medication or shows symptoms of the infection. If a person has o STDs the chance of catching or spreading Hepatitis C to a partner is low.
You get the hepatitis C virus from the blood or body fluids of an infected person.
It can be spread by:
- • Sharing drugs and needles
- • Getting stuck by an infected needle
- • Having sex, especially if you have an STD, an HIV infection, several sex partners, or have rough sex.
- • Being stuck by infected needles
- • Through birth from a mother to a child
- • Sharing personal items that may contain blood such an nail clippers, toothbrush or a razor
Hepatitis C is not spread through contaminated food, water or by using eating utensils. The virus can’t spread through kissing or sharing personal items that don’t contain blood or by casual contact.
The majority of individuals with Hepatitis C don’t experience any signs or symptoms of the virus. If liver damage occurs the following symptoms may occur.
Symptoms of hepatitis C include:
- • Jaundice (a condition that causes yellow eyes and skin, as well as dark urine)
- • Stomach pain
- • Loss of appetite
- • Nausea
- • Lethargic
- • Temperature
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Hepatitis B is a serious disease caused by a virus that attacks the liver. The virus, which is called hepatitis B virus (HBV), can cause lifelong infection, cirrhosis (scarring) of the liver, liver cancer, liver failure, and death.
In most cases, hepatitis B causes limited infection. Usually people over age five manage to fight off the infection successfully within a few months, developing an immunity that lasts a lifetime (this means you won't get the infection again).
If you are infected with hepatitis B for more than six months, you are considered a carrier, even if you have no symptoms. This means that you can transmit the disease to others by having unprotected sex, exposing blood or open sores to another person, sharing needles or syringes. Being diagnosed with HIV increases an individual’s chance of catching hepatitis B by over 50 times.
Symptoms of acute infection (when a person is first infected with hepatitis B) include:
- • Jaundice (yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes and/or a brownish or orange tint to the urine)
- • Unusually light-colored stool
- • Fever
- • Unexplained fatigue that persists for weeks or months
- • Gastrointestinal symptoms such as loss of appetite, nausea, and vomiting
- • Abdominal pain
- • Frequently there will be no symptoms, and it is only discovered in a blood test
Often, symptoms occur one to six months after exposure. An estimated 30% of those infected do not show typical signs or symptoms.
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Never give up even you have herpes.
I remember last summer when I found out I had HSV I was crushed. I felt like I would never be able to have a "normal" dating life and that no one would ever want to see me again. A few months went by and I had gone out with some girl friends to a club. Long story short I met this guy whom I talked with most of the night. As months went by we became close as friends. I confided in him and he confided in me. Eventually he admitted having feelings for me. While I was definitely flattered I was freaked out as well because he didn't have "H". So one night we went to dinner and I decided to tell him about having it. I told him that I really did like him BUT I didn't date anyone outside of the "H" circle because I didn't want to risk exposing anyone else. We talked about the statistics and the sobering fact that so many people have it and don't even know they do, etc. etc.
I expected an immediate rejection but was surprised by his comment. He kind've just smiled and said to me, "so 25% of the population has "H" now correct?" I smiled back and said, "yes." Then he kind've chuckled and said, "so you're gonna alienate 3/4 of the dating population because you have this?" After I got home that night I thought long and hard about it. He was right. I have closed myself off in a bubble and not allowed myself to see anyone outside of the circle for fear of rejection. Now don't get me wrong, I'm not actively seeking people who don't have "H" but I'm not going be afraid to talk to people just because they don't have it.
Long story short, don't close your eyes to wonderful people for fear of rejection. If that person is "the one" for you, they will love you and accept you unconditionally.
By tcrgal2011, Texas, United States
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While browsing a few internet forms, I keep coming across men and women that are in a relationship simply because them and their partner share the same STD. Now, while that is a wonderful thing, that, exclusively, is not a reason to maintain a relationship. Exhibit a: "Johnny" and "Ashley" have been dating for 3 months.
Ashley is beginning to get tired of the same conversation. She understands that they both have the same STD, and that it would be easy to sit back and suck it up and try to make things work. However, all she can think about is how little they have in common. She is bored when she is with Johnny. She tried to talk to him about it, but is scared to break up with him, for fear that others will see her as "damaged goods". Whats a girl to do?
Personally, I stayed in a relationship similar to the one outlined above far longer than I should have. We bonded over our shared STD, and about how hard dating had become. Our first date was all about sharing our "infection" story. As was our second. And our third. Until one day it finally dawned on me that this was ALL we talked about. We had nothing else in common. While it was nice to not have to worry about being judged, I was staying in the relationship for all of the wrong reasons.
Some time has passed since then, and it now all seems so absurd to me. Now, I am looking for a person I like and am compatible with who happens to have my same STD (or a person who is not infected that can look past it). Then, I was looking for a person with my same STD and that was about it.
I guess what I am saying is to not let your disease define you or your relationship. It works out better that way in the end.
By Arch84, Georgia, United States
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I met someone on this site and it's still new but so far so good! Actually I'm quite smitten and I think it's mutual. I only answered one post. And it turned out he lived a block away from me but we had never met! How's that for kismet? What a relief to be able to feel desirable again. I've had this cursed HSV2 for 30 years and this is the first time I've been able to feel attracted to someone without anxiety - just fun and warmth. And you know what? The people on this site are often a great 'catch' so to speak. Smart, successful, good-looking and/or kind. Better then the pool of applicants on some of the other dating sites, because they've been out of circulation due to their condition.
Advice to other members:
Take it slow to start, but stay open.
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Over one million two hundred thousand people in the Untied States are living with HIV. HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is a virus that attacks the immune system, the body's natural defense system. Without a strong immune system, the body has trouble fighting off diseases. When HIV progresses it could cause AIDS. AIDS is a more advanced stage of HIV. AIDS is known as Acquired immunodeficiency Syndrome.
Symptoms may appear from a few days to several weeks after a person is first infected. The early symptoms usually go away within 2 to 3 weeks.
After the early symptoms go away, an infected person may not have symptoms again for many years. After a certain point, symptoms reappear and then remain. These symptoms usually include:
- • Swollen lymph nodes
- • Extreme tiredness
- • Weight loss
- • Fever
- • Night sweats
- • Memory loss
- • Prone to sickness such as the flu, anomia and other infections
HIV infection is caused by the human immunodeficiency virus. You can get HIV from contact with infected blood, semen, or vaginal fluids.
- • Most people get the virus by having unprotected sex with someone who has HIV.
- • Another common way of getting it is by sharing drug needles with someone who is infected with HIV.
- • The virus can also be passed from a mother to her baby during pregnancy, birth, or breast-feeding.
- • HIV can spread by sharing needles with an infected drug user
HIV doesn't survive well outside the body. So it can't be spread by casual contact like kissing, sharing drinking glasses, shaking hands or hugging an infected person. With proper medical treatment research shows that there is over a 99% chance a female with HIV will have a healthy child.
In the United States about half of sexually active adults will come in contact with HPV. There are over three dozens strains of HPV that could cause genital warts. Clinic research indicates if genital wart outbreaks haven’t occur for two or more years there is a 90% chance the human body completely cleared the virus.
HPV vaccines are offered to males and females age 26 and under who don’t have HPV. The vaccine is a series of three shots given during a six-month duration. The vaccine reduces the chance of getting cervical cancer from HPV by 90% and cervical cancer by 70%. The HPV vaccine
Often, people don't have any symptoms and the HPV infection goes away without treatment. Some types of HPV can cause health problems and certain types of cancer.
Certain strains of HPV are associated with cervical, vulvar, vaginal, penile, and anal and oropharyngeal cancers (cancer of the throat). You can get HPV by having vaginal, anal, or oral sex with someone who has the virus. It is most commonly spread during vaginal or anal sex. HPV can be passed even when an infected person has no signs or symptoms.According to the Center for Disease Control strains 6 and 11 cause 90% of genital wart outbreaks.
Genital warts often appear in clusters. The warts are usually the same color as the skin, but could appear pinkish. The warts could look flat or have a cauliflower texture. Genital warts may disappear without treatment. It could take several cases to fully remove the warts.
Herpes simplex virus is known as herpes. The virus is categorized into two types of herpes. HSV-1 is usually oral herpes and HSV-2 is usually genital herpes. There is no cure for the herpes simplex virus. Once a person has the virus, it remains in the body for a lifetime. However, taking medications like Valtrex and Acyclovir could help manage the symptoms of the herpes simplex virus.
Herpes simplex virus typically appears as a blister or as multiple blisters on or around affected areas. The blisters usually form on inside the mouth, on the lips, around the lips, genitals, or rectum. The blisters break, leaving tender sores.
Most commonly, HSV-1 causes sores around the mouth, inside the mouth and on the lips (sometimes called fever blisters or cold sores). HSV-1 can cause genital herpes, but most cases of genital herpes are caused by HSV-2. With genital HSV-2 infections, the infected person may have cold sores or a rash around the genitals area. Although HSV-2 sores may occur in other locations, these sores usually are found below the waist including the rectum
HSV-1 is transmitted through oral secretions. The virus is likely to spread by coming in direct oral contact with active sores on the skin. The virus is likely to spread through kissing. Once herpes hits air the virus dies almost instantly. The chance of catching herpes from sharing only personal items is almost non-existent.
A person usually gets a genital HSV-2 infection during sexual contact with someone who has a genital HSV-2 infection. An individual could catch oral HSV-2 by performing oral sex on a partner who has genital HSV-2. HSV-2 is responsible for oral herpes at least 5-10% of all HSV-2 cases.
HSV-1 and HSV-2 can be spread even if sores are not present. Herpes could still surface the skin if there are no active symptoms of herpes. A partner may come in direct skin-to-skin contact with the virus seem a condom doesn’t cover the entire genital region.
Herpes could be fatal to an infant. Government research indicates a mother has over a 99.9% chance of having a healthy infant with proper medical treatment. About 85% of the cases when an infant is born with herpes, the virus is passed to the infant during childbirth. If a mother has genital herpes outbreaks during the six to nine month range of her pregnancy a C-section is often needed.