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The Real Problem with Hollywood’s Depiction of Herpes

Thanks to Hollywood movies and television shows, many of us have been led to believe that only the promiscuous and the reckless get herpes.

We discuss why this couldn’t be further from the truth.

Herpes Can Affect Anyone

Herpes is more common than most people realize. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that one in every six people aged 14-49 years has genital herpes. Certainly, this estimated population—or tens of millions of people—do not all fit the mold of the promiscuous individual who “got what they deserved” that Hollywood has pushed into the American consciousness.

Furthermore, the herpes virus can lay dormant in a host for weeks, months, or even years. It’s possible to receive a herpes transmission from a person who shows no visible symptoms of the virus.

This is why it’s of the utmost importance for those who may have been exposed to herpes (such as through unprotected sex) to get tested regularly for the virus. In fact, California law requires people to take reasonable measures to know their herpes status.

Failure to stay informed on their sexual health—and to inform their sexual partners of any STDs they may have—may be considered reckless and negligent behavior in a court of law.

Received an Unexpected Herpes Transmission? Contact Us Today

An unexpected herpes transmission can result in physical, emotional, and financial turmoil for a victim. You should not have to bear the brunt of these costs when another person is responsible.

At KMD Law, we have helped dozens of clients hold reckless parties accountable for their actions. We’re here to help you through this difficult time, too.

Contact us today at (833) 456-3529 to schedule a free consultation.