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Herpes Stigma: A Shocking Survey Reveals Public Ignorance!
Herpes is a very common virus infecting approximately 45 million people in the United States. The effects of the herpes stigma is out of proportion to the actual virus. While herpes symptomsare sometimes uncomfortable, they are rarely more complicated than a common skin rash. Unlike the oral herpes stigma, the genital herpes stigma is far more devasting to a person's psycologial well-being.
Herpes is the Second Most Stigmatize STD!
In 2006 and 2007 a Harris Interactive poll was conducted iconsisting of nearly 2000 participants.. 1,400 people said that they did not have herpes and about 500 who said that they were positive for herpes. The results are staggering!!
The participant’s were questioned about their views and relationships about herpes and out of all the sexually transmitted diseases in the United States, they collectively ranked herpes second for social stigma. Only HIV and the HIV stigma ranked higher.
Thirty-nine per cent of the participants who had herpes stated they were affected by social stigma surrounding the herpes virus.
Due to the negative herpes stigma, most people without herpes said they not pursue a herpes dating relationship with someone who has herpes and break up with a partner who had herpes.
If this survey is an accurate reflection of the view of the majority of the American public then it deeply saddens me to know that most people would avoid having a relationship with someone with herpes or break up with a partner who had herpes.
Of all of the things that can go wrong in a relationship, herpes should be so far down the list that it’s nearly invisible.
There is no herpes medication to mask the herpes stigma that is draped upon those of us you have this irritating skin condition.
I Need Your Herpes Stigma Help!
I'm searching for other people's opinions on this topic. In order to receive accurate data on this subject I'm looking for feedback from couples who are in a committed relationship and where only one person has been diagnosed with HSV (either 1 or 2). The other person must be completely free of the virus.
Please only answer the question once and above all HONESTLY. The data collected must be true and accurate.
If I find that the data is supporting my opinions, I plan on conducting a media blitz through blogs, articles, website partnerships and press releases to bring attention to this matter.
The question is: "What is the most serious problem that you face in a relationship with a person who has been diagnosed with HSV?"
Please respond to the below poll. I'm very interested in hearing your comments.
Thank you in advance and I'm looking forward to seeing the results and bring attention to this serious issue. Feel free to PM or contact me if I can help you.
To your success and happiness!