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Although I disagree with some of this article regarding it not being a big deal, it’s good someone like VICE wrote about it since they have a pretty large audience.

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Herpes: Welcome to the Disease You Probably Have

“ A common STI check up covers a lot, but not herpes. When I asked why herpes wasn't included in the STI check, I was advised basically to not poke a sleeping bear. If I requested a blood test to look for antibodies to HSV1 or HSV2, it would burden me with disclosure even if the virus was only present due to coldsores. My doctor was essentially telling me to preserve my plausible deniability.”

https://www.vice.com/en_ca/article/j5q3gy/herpes-welcome-to-the-disease-you-probably-have

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II can't stand all these articles claiming herpes as not a big deal. And most of us have it so who cares. It frustrates me to no end. Especially those of us who do have it that buy into it. It is a problem. It's uncomfortable, it hurts, it's embarrassing. And it can be dangerous. Infants die every year, some people have it so bad they can hardly walk, people who get it in their eye can go blind, in rare cases theres incephalitis. I'm so annoyed. I can't stand it. 

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