Herpes is a genus of viruses in the Herpesviridae family, the herpesviruses. This family includes the Herpes simplex virus, the cause of oral herpes (cold sores or fever blisters on the mouth or facial area) as well as genital herpes, the Epstein-Barr virus, the cause of mono, the Roseolovirus, the cause of roseola and the Varicella zoster virus, the cause of chicken pox and shingles.
You are not alone. Most of the world has herpes type 1, 1 out of 4 have herpes type 2. Herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) usually causes cold sores. Herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2)usually causes genital blistering.
Herpes zoster is the medical name for shingles. It is caused by reactivation in the adult years of the chicken pox virus that occurred during childhood (the varicalla-zoster virus). The virus can be reactivated when the body's immunity to the virus breaks down. This may happen due to normal aging, or the body's immune system may become weakened due to stress from illness, physical or emotional stress, fatigue, poor nutrition, certain medications, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or other factors.
Sites in this category serve the support needs of people with Herpes or similar conditions. All sites listed are interactive - you will find message boards & chat areas. You are encouraged to read each sites PRIVACY POLICY. Use these sites for educational & support purposes only. They should not be used as a substitute for a consultation with your doctor or other health care provider.
Sites listed here will represent support networks which exist only on the internet.