A Theoretical Understanding of Genital Herpes Discourse

A Theoretical Understanding of Genital Herpes Discourse

It’s nearly 3 years since my first outbreak. polyDNA reviews the literature on this topic, and recommends Gene-Eden-VIR to help the immune system target the latent HSV-2. Withdrawal is another common method that people use especially when handling social issues such as dating or meeting someone new. Frank Spinelli: Unfortunately, what hasn’t changed is the number of the new cases of HIV. Most other STDs have very serious sounding names (chlamydia, gonorrhoea etc) and therefore “comedians” devise absurd names for them. Stigma is such a pain in the butt, much like gonorrhoea except much more prevalent. I had a severe cold recently and Herpes Virus appeared just as I was getting better.

A Theoretical Understanding of Genital Herpes Discourse
He doesn’t want to use protection, he doesn’t want to shower afterwards and recently he tried to force me into bed when I told him I couldn’t have sex with him because I was having an outbreak. Scary, I know. polyDNA believes people do not have to live with the stigma of genital herpes. It made me feel so bad about myself and for the resident because they were obviously grossed out by it. I won’t indulge you in explaining how absurd it was that my coworkers could be so ignorant to think the disease is that contagious. Herpes can be transmitted during oral, vaginal, or anal sex, and its two major strains (HSV1 and HSV2) can both lead to oral or genital outbreaks depending on the site of transmission. It seemed like a good compromise.

That’s how the last year of my life went. While HSV1 is generally associated with the oral region, it also can cause genital outbreaks and I was wondering what the risk of this is particularly due to unprotected oral sex. Members can create a free anonymous profile, and member data is never sold, rented or disclosed. Claiming to speak the truth, [science] stirred up people’s fears: to the least oscillations of sexuality, it ascribed an imaginary dynasty of evils destined to be passed on for generations; it declared the furtive customs of the timid, and the most solitary of petty manias, dangerous for the whole society; strange pleasures, it warned, would eventually result in nothing short of death (54). In ending their information page with the foreclosure of ones ability to be sexually spontaneous, while the preceding sections simultaneously focus on “complications,” “the link between genital herpes and HIV,” and how herpes can “affect a pregnant woman and her baby,” the CDC produces an image of the condition as something certainly to be afraid of and one that will cause a kind of ‘social’ death (Gruter & Masters 150). Like a rhetorical map, the CDC’s genital herpes webpage linguistically connotes to readers precisely why and how they can socially ostracize those living with the condition, which becomes the same source for the HSV positive community to ostracize themselves. I’ve been suffering from herpes for quite some time and my outbreaks used to …

Would people start a ring of gossip about who was and wasn’t having sex, who was ‘easy’? [Society] constructs a stigma-theory, an ideology to explain [another’s] inferiority and account for the danger he represents, sometimes rationalizing an animosity based on other differences, such as those of social class. We use specific terms such as cripple, bastard, moron in our daily discourse as a source of metaphor and imagery, typically without giving thought to the original meaning (5). In focusing on ‘infection’ and referring to the bodies that carry the virus as ‘infected’, the CDC establishes a discourse that connotes people with genital herpes as inferior, dangerous through ‘contagiousness’, and provides a multitude of terms for society to use in their efforts to stigmatize genital herpes while naturalizing the conditions perils through their authoritative lens.

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