Q: I understand the herpes virus stays in the body for life. I took it from things I had been told and have read ( perhaps took it wrong ) that it almost always reoccurs in exactly the same site because it bases itself at the nerve ganglia of just one nerve – not several – and travels the same way out each time. Is this somewhat incorrect ? I certainly did not realise that once someone has it, it is present in the entire nervous system. Even the doctors have told me ,on recurrence, it will almost always come back to the same spot. How much ( how far ) can it shift? Several inches for example ?
Also could you please tell me how do monogamous couples cope when one person has HSV2 ? I am single presently , but don’t always want to be , but it must be very difficult ? I am pretty (I thought very) healthy , but trying not to stress about this is another challenge altogether.
A: Herpes could actually travel through different nerve ganglia. That’s why herpes outbreaks could shift. However, you’re correct that it’s usually one nerve herpes bases itself to. Herpes, “could” travel through different nerve pathway in the “central nervous system”. That’s why herpes is referred to a disease that affects the “entire nervous central nervous system”. This excludes the peripheral nervous system , seem herpes travels through the spinal cord passages.
The only way to cope with herpes is to respectfully accept the situation. It can be stressful knowing that you’re living with an STD and that it could spread to a partner. However, education and having safe sex could help an individual deal with the situation. If a partner is educated about how herpes is spread the chance of passing the virus to a partner greatly decreases. If safe sex happens the chances are high the virus won’t spread. It important to continue to go out and do the things you enjoy. Some parents may not want to date an individual with genital herpes and some individuals may be willing to have a relationship. Part of meeting your match is to educate a potential partner about how herpes spread. Most people don’t fully understand how herpes is spread and what herpes is.