Entertainment

Celebrity Women With Genital Herpes

Sat., Oct. 27, 2012 8:29 AM EDT
by Yvette Caslin

Hollywood and Herpes

Herpes rumors are swirling around Hollywood. Anne Heche revealed details in her autobiography of her tragic childhood where she was raped by her homosexual dad from infancy to age 12, and contracted the herpes simplex virus when she was a tender 8-year-old. She’s faced with the memory daily because herpes is incurable and can only be treated with ant-viral medications like Valtrex and Zovirax.

Even in times when there aren’t any episodes, outbreaks or flare-ups, carriers of the virus must always practice safe sex, even during oral sex, since it can be transmitted from the mouth to the genitals. Condoms must be used consistently and correctly for all sexual encounters, but is not 100 percent foolproof. Imagine having to explain to a potential partner that you have the disease and then sharing the dreadful risks before intimacy — not exactly foreplay.

Now, there are those cases when the celebrities deem to keep their private business private and have either been outed by media or through have association have been labeled a carrier of herpes (simplex), which is medically defined as any inflammatory skin disease marked by the formation of small vesicles in clusters – usually cold sores around the mouth. Genital herpes is the herpes simplex two virus, primarily transmitted sexually via genital secretion and involving the genital region; in women, the vesicular stage may give rise to confluent, painful ulcerations and may be accompanied by neurologic symptoms.

Here is a list of celebrities who have come forward, been outed and/or linked to genital herpes. –yvette caslin

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