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Herpes & Astronauts

by dentsma

Okay, let’s get to the point. We feel like everything is lost when we get diagnosed with herpes. We are hard on ourselves, and we punish ourselves for getting herpes. All we did was have sex like the 97% of American adults. We got herpes.

When the trauma of the diagnosis hits, we believe that we will never fall in love. Or worse, that the person we love will never be our partner. We believe that we will never have children. We think we won’t be able to get the job we want. This is complete BS, let me tell you!

All we have is herpes. It is a virus that can cause painful and annoying blisters. That’s it. The virus doesn’t mean we will not get the job we want or go to the college of choice.

Here’s how I can prove it. Even astronauts can get herpes. Yep astronauts.

Are you aware of how prestigious it can be to be an astronaut? It’s not something that everyone can do. It takes years of hard work and dedication. You will need an engineering degree to do this. If you think you are unable to get an engineering degree because of your herpes, think again. Three years of experience is required, as well as 1000 hours of flight training.

Okay, so you might be wondering what this has to do with herpes. I’m not an astronaut. Hold on, just a second.

Recent news articles focused on astronauts and herpes. Yes, even highly educated and respected women such as astronauts can get herpes.

You can do whatever you want if they have it.

Here are some more details about astronauts who have herpes. It’s quite fascinating, if I may say so. This whole thing began as a way to test astronauts’ immune systems while in space.

Before, during, and after space travel, astronauts were asked to provide samples of their blood, urine, and saliva. These were both short- and long-term space missions.

These numbers should make you feel better. There are a lot of astronauts living with herpes. To date, there have been 112 astronauts with herpes. Of those 112, 61 are also carrying the virus. This means that 54% have herpes. This is both oral and genital herpes.

Okay, so let’s get back to my earlier comment about how common herpes is and how it shouldn’t hold us back. Herpes is the most common virus in astronauts.

These frequencies, as well as the amount of viral shedding, are significantly higher than samples taken before or after a flight or from healthy controls.

To clarify, reactivating the virus does not necessarily mean that symptoms will return. The fact that the virus was activated doesn’t necessarily mean that astronauts have herpes outbreaks. Only 6 astronauts had active herpes outbreaks, and they were very minor.

Mehta explained that spaceflight length affects the frequency, magnitude, and duration of viral sheds. This means that astronauts experience more viral shedding the longer they are on a mission.

Okay, here’s the deal. Herpes is the most common form of HIV in the world. It is very painful to be diagnosed. It can be embarrassing, and it can also cause havoc in our relationships. Today’s message is to not give up on your dreams because of herpes. Keep in mind that more than half of all astronauts have herpes, and they hold a very prestigious jobs.

Do your best to reach for the stars and the moon, and don’t let your herpes stop you from achieving your dreams.

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