What is Love, H Style?
Love, H Style is an online Social Networking Community where you can find plenty of helpful information about Herpes (HSV-1, HSV-2) and HPV. We also allow you to meet singles throughout the world that come here to gather in search of information, support, friendships, and romance. Lovehstyle.com was created as a powerful resource not only for people living with Genital Herpes, Oral Herpes, Genital Warts, and HPV; but also for their partners, families, support groups, managers, counselors, and medical professionals.
Lovehstyle.com is a caring community that is more than just another online dating service...we are a passionate Social "H" Network considered to be a place of "unity" for anyone living with this virus. Our Herpes and HPV Support Groups are full of caring people that want to help every individual that lives with this virus; and also educating the ones who don't. Here you will find people going through the same situations that you are…and because Love, H Style is an online website we have the ability to reach out to millions of people around the world to help raise Herpes and HPV awareness for everyone...because Herpes and HPV does not discriminate!
If you're a person who has recently experienced your first herpes outbreak, it has no doubt come as quite a shock to you. We know...we've all been there. But what's most important is to realize that now the worst is probably behind you, and also that help is available.
Medications can help to minimize the symptoms and spread of the virus. Treatment can also be taken on a continuing basis to help ensure that you don't have further episodes. Your doctor can provide the best advice about which treatment is right for you.
What is Herpes?
Herpes is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by a virus called the Herpes Simplex Virus. It's passed from person-to-person by contact with infected skin. There are several strains of the herpes virus, two of these strains commonly cause Herpes. You can have Oral Herpes (on the lips, most often 'cold sores'), Genital Herpes (on the genitals), or non-genital herpes (herpes on other parts of the body; most often 'shingles'). Shingles is not sexually transmitted. It is a secondary event long after the initial infection with common 'chicken pox'.
You can get Oral herpes (HSV-1) by kissing a person with an oral (mouth) infection, by having oral sex with somebody who is infected, or by any skin-to-skin contact involving an infected area. You can also get Genital Herpes (HSV-2) by having unprotected sex (vaginal, oral, or anal) with someone who already has it.
After a first outbreak of Herpes, the virus stays in the body for life. Some people do not have any further episodes or symptoms of herpes. This is called an inactive infection, when the virus is hidden in the body and not infectious.
However, the symptoms of genital herpes do recur in some people. These outbreaks tend to be milder and heal faster than the first outbreak. This is called an active infection.
The active period may be obvious, with symptoms, or it may not. It is possible that symptoms are not obvious, or not present at all, but skin cells are shedding the virus during an active phase. This "viral shedding" may be potentially infectious to others if sexual contact occurs.
What is HPV?
Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is one of the most common causes of sexually transmitted infection (STI) in the world. Health experts estimate there are more cases of genital HPV infection than any other STI in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 6.2 million new cases of sexually transmitted HPV infections are reported every year. At least 20 million people in this country alone are already infected.
There are many different types of HPV and more than 30 are sexually transmitted. Researchers keep track of the different types of HPV by identifying them with numbers, such as 6, 11, 16, and 18.
Some types (such as 6 and 11) cause Genital Warts, others (such as 16 and 18) cause pre-cancerous changes on the cervix that can later lead to cancer of the cervix. In rare cases, the virus can cause other types of cancers to the vulva, vagina, and anus in women, and the penis and anus in men.
Genital warts (sometimes called condylomata acuminata or venereal warts) are the most easily recognized sign of genital HPV infection. Many people however, have a genital HPV infection without genital warts.
Genital warts are soft, moist, or flesh colored and appear in the genital area within weeks or months after infection. They sometimes appear in clusters that resemble cauliflower-like bumps, and are raised or flat, small or large. Genital warts can show up in women on the vulva and cervix, and inside and surrounding the vagina and anus. In men, genital warts can appear on the scrotum or penis. There are cases where genital warts have been found on the thigh and groin.
Meet People, Make Friends, and Find Love is our motto at Love, H Style, and is the first piece of advice that we can give you. Your journey has to begin here if you truly DO NOT want to be alone anymore. We will help you find happiness again in your life by helping you build long-lasting friendships, support groups, and relationships...which all can definitely be made here. Participation can be as anonymous as you want. All you have to do is be a part of our Love, H Style family...and by the way, did we tell you that it's FREE!
Now prepare for the most exciting experience in Herpes and HPV Social Networking, Herpes and HPV Support, and Herpes and HPV Dating. Join lovehstyle.com today and make a new friend...well, what are you waiting for?