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What the CDC/FDA aren't telling us about this Virus!
msmel721 posted:
Hello all. I believe that this virus is a COMMUNICABLE HIGHLY CONTAGIOUS DISEASE. Not a STD. Herpes in any form or number HSV1 OR 2), is spread skin 2 skin not just sexually. We all are carriers and like the Valtrex commercial states, it can be spread, with out any symptoms being present. Meaning, you cant see it on a person, much like HIV. This person is dangerous because they may not even be aware that they have it as depending on the level of the viral load at the time of contraction. He may have only had one episode. She may think its acne. They may have been born with it or come into contact with it by a hug from a relative that was unaware. Skin on skin contact is the point im making, not to sound parynoid. I believe when you touch you spread it, creating 'HOT SPOTS'. THIS IS WHY SO MANY OF US HAVE IT IN ODD PLACES OR ALL OVER THE BODY. For instance, no one has sex with an arm or a leg or your back, so people assume its 'body acne', yet nothing sillicone based helps and Dermatologists can't seem to help you no matter how many scripts they write. They dont work. The higher the viral load or how much you are in contact with the virus on another, i believe determines how much and how fast it REPLICATES/MULTIPLY'S, there by increasing the level of the viral load in your body. Touching your ob without washing your hands, then touching your face, arms, chest, another person, etc. is the culprit. When you treat an outbreak, washing your hands is critical in decreasing the spread of this virus.I don't believe a Dermatologist has expertise in infectious/communicable disease which is why there expensive treatments dont work. In the vein of money however, I believe that many of them treat you anyway to increase there bottom line. You get treated. It doesnt work. You go back for more treatments. They schedule you back and give u something else, all the while adding up those doctor visits while your wallet disappears. Trickery in most cases. In the defense of the honest doctor, many of these Degree'd doctors DONT EVEN UNDERSTAND HERPES BEHAVIOR so they really may not even consider that it may be Valtrex that they need to be writing a script for. I have discussed this with a few doctors and many feel the same way. They will argue me down that this virus is only SEXUALLY GIVEN, But I ask you. If you have HSV 1, a cold sore on the mouth or a blister or 'pimples' around the mouth and you kiss your mate or child, why is that they soon after have a 'pimple' somewhere on there face, too? Just a thought. Im just saying. Its communicable/contagious not transmitted thru intercourse. It is a virus not a disease. People are in such denial, they will tell them selves anything depending where there outbreak broke out at on their body. Im here to tell you that while you are in denial, it is replicating and you are spreading it if you are not on suppressives, homeopathic, herbal treatments, and are not changing your diet and stress levels. Period. It mimics 'body acne' , facial acne, so you have folks with it all over their faces, necks, shoulders, butt cheeks, innerthighs, underarms, face, backs, etc. , in that it can be big blisters, or lesions or tiny pimples that stand alone or appear in a cluster, and if you scratch and touch you have now just CREATED ANOTHER HOT SPOT. Millions are un diagnosed in this country, alone. Doctors are not properly educated and dont diagnose their patients. Ignorance is Bliss...and quite profitable. Just ask the Pharmeceutical companies. They love chronic illnesses. Valtrex forever, yeah!! Can you say, Ching Ching!? Now, Ive been living with this virus for well about 7yrs, knowingly, and many years before that I suspected. I was struck with Bells Palsy which is related to herpes and mimics a mild stroke. Thankfully my primary care physician was familiar and started me on my first course of Valtrex, Mega Stress tabs from the health store and some prescription drug that i cant remember. I was normal within 3 wks. Con
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georgiagail responded:
Is there some actual point to all this ranting?

Frankly, I've probably had HSV1 for, oh, about 50 years (I can remember having cold sores as a kid). So what? Haven't had an outbreak in decades. You live with it.

iddybob replied to georgiagail's response:
agree with you Gail.

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