Sunday, September 21, 2008

Would you take a 1% risk?

If there was an actual 1% risk of the following, would you still:
-cross the street despite possibly getting hit by a bus?
-go camping despite getting potentially mauled by a bear?
-have a child despite the chance of it being stillborn?
-eat lettuce despite the chance of getting a deadly dose of salmonella?

In all of these cases we are talking about DEATH. yet i'm guessing the answer is still yes... right?

If it's not, most would admit that there is a severe phobia coming into play.

So if there is a 1% chance that a woman with HSV2 (genital herpes) could transmit the virus to you per year, would you take that risk?

We are talking about a very common, mostly non-symptomatic, not recurring very often if at all, mostly mild, mostly dormant, and not even remotely life threatening virus. we are NOT talking about death.

I have yet to meet anyone in my life who would not take a 1% risk of ANYTHING, including death.

But it's somehow ok to not take the 1% risk of getting a mild fucking rash.

Think about it. How much of a wuss would one have to be?

Let's believe in science over stigma.
Knowledge over naivete.
Rational thought over out-of-proportion fear.
Reality over old wives takes and urban myth.

Let's just get real. If someone you love has herpes, please - enlighten yourself!



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Want to know more about the 1% risk I am referring to?
An extensive study that was done shows that simple precautions can be taken to get the average risk of contracting HSV2 from a female partner who has it to a mere 1% per year of frequent sex.
Vice versa gender is 2%.
For more info on these studies, go to http://racoon.com/dcforum/tech/2824.html

36 comments:

Me said...

I linked to you from my blog, however it's a "locked" blog. Just wanted to let you know I was doing it.

This is an excellent post and one I'll direct potential partners to.

Anonymous said...

Awesome, I love it!

Anonymous said...

Great post--thank you. Realistic, no. Men are not as open in this matter--and while women would take a chance, men are less apt. That's not good or bad, just truth.

I've had HSVII for 5 years, and I've experienced the rejection--But, I still hope--and I'll share your wisdom.

Anonymous said...

Right on. I don't have herpes but I am totally on board. The guy I am dating now is positive and he is actually the one that needs convincing. We've already fooled around a bunch but just got his first oral outbreak and now won't kiss me and since there's no protection for that (like a condom) he won't kiss me and now thinks he should just choose to live alone for the rest of his life. Is there any place you know of that I can direct him that's directed at people with this exact issue??

Anonymous said...

Your blog is saving me.

I was just diagnosed a year ago and didn't deal with it because my partner had given it to me. I thought I was ok with it because we were going to be together forever - he was asymptomatic (didn't know he had it) and I didn't really have bad outbreaks. I got to lead a "normal" life. It didn't affect me.

Then we broke up.

THEN I had to really start dealing with it and realized that I hadn't really dealt with it.

So a big thank you to you. Your blog has really helped. Merci. Merci. Merci.

Anonymous said...

I am currently taking this 1% risk; I'm a female, HSV-2 free and with a guy that has HSV-2. Your site is really helping me deal with the very real possibility of contracting HSV-2.

Anonymous said...

I cannot find the racoon.com study. Could you link the study to the blog?

Anonymous said...

Are there any post from 2010?

Anonymous said...

Wow! I have never looked at this herpes situation this way.Though your blog is breath of fresh air.Truelly knowledge is power.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much. My boyfriend of 6 months just told me he has HSV-2 and I'm scheduled to get tested in a few days. I thought this would be the end of our sex life and ultimately our relationship. I honestly understood why he waited to tell me since he hasn't had an outbreak in 4 years but now I'm trying to come up with a plan to protect myself and prepare myself for a possibly positive STD test.

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Anonymous said...

I guess the question I have is if the reported transmission rate is so low, at 1-4% depending on precautions taken, why do so many people have it?

Anonymous said...

Thank you! I have had hvsII for 30 years! I was married for 18 years and never gave it to my husband. I remarried and didn't give it to him either. The risk is very low. Aside from that...IT'S A TINY COLD SORE! The stigma is ridiculous and frustrating. THANK YOU again for breaching this topic. You are wonderful!!!!!!!

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