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In The Good News About the Bad News: Herpes, an internationally recognized expert on genital herpes offers honest, friendly, and up-to-date advice and support to the millions of people living with one of the most common viral STDs, herpes.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications; 1 edition (May 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572246189
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572246188
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,216 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Terri Warren, nurse practitioner, grew up in Minnesota and migrated west to Oregon for graduate school. After completing a master's degree in counseling and another in nursing, she opened Westover Heights Clinic in Portland, specializing in sexually transmitted infections. Over the next 29 years, she conducted or participated in over 75 clinic trials studying STD infections, primarily herpes and has taken care of thousands of patients with genital herpes infections.

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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful By J. Grimes on September 28, 2009
Format: Paperback
WOW, hat's off to Terri Warren, RN, NP! Terri's book tells you everything you could ever want to know about herpes in a caring, girl-friend style dialog filled with absolutely accurate medical information. In a world full of misinformation and false promises of cures, this book is a welcome change. I believe every question that any patient has ever asked me about herpes is answered somewhere within this book. Confused about whether or not your diagnosis is accurate? Not clear where, when or how you caught herpes? Feeling isolated and hopeless about your disease? Terri addresses ALL of these issues within her book. I am a board-certified family physician who has become an expert in sexually transmitted diseases, and I will recommend this book to every single patient that I diagnose with herpes (or who has questions about herpes, especially if their partner has it.) Kudos to Terri Warren for writing such an easily readable, accurate, and helpful book!Seductive Delusions: How Everyday People Catch STDs
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 24, 2009
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The author has, at last, written a comprehensive yet understandable guide to this virus. I wish this book had been available when I was first diagnosed in 1993. While I learned a lot more about herpes from this book even after all these years of living with it, the book was most valuable to me as a source of information to my current partner, who does not have the virus. After reading the book, she was able to make an informed, knowledgeable decision about becoming physically intimate. She remains free of the virus, due to both precautions and luck, but fully understands the risks and how to minimize them.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who has herpes, or knows someone who does and wants to better understand it.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By curious on February 18, 2012
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Because of this book, I learned that the tests are not 100% reliable and to get a second or third test to confirm. Here's my story: The nurse from my doctor's office called and said the results showed positive for exposure. I just took her report on good faith and began to process what this would mean in my life. I even joined a website for positive singles. Then I read this book. Because of it, I requested a hard copy of the test results. (the doctor's office didn't provide it) When I got the results, I saw that the antibodies tested into the positive range only by a tenth of a point- just barely outside equivocal. Not only that, but the antibodies were only positive for hsv-1, the kind typically associated with coldsores. But the results for hsv-2, the kind typically associated with geintal herpes was negative. The nurse had not told me either of these things over the phone. So I ordered an immunoblot blood test and it came back negative for both hsv-1 and hsv-2. I called my doctor's office to inform them of the nurse's mistake and suggested that they take a lot more time explaining results and encourage patients to confirm results after the initial test. Anyway, this book helped me advocate for my own health because no one cares about your health as much as you do! If you are definitely positive though, have faith! When I was working with the knowledge that I did have hsv, her information and guidance was so comforting and healing. I began to feel hopeful and encouraged that life goes on. She separated out the facts about the condition from the stigma that makes it seem so much worse than it is. Overall, this book is a great resource for facts and kindness.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By greatbookgreatnurse on March 10, 2011
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This book saved me from being a nervous wreck. I found out that I had herpes from a panel of std tests that I was certain would come back negative in entirety. I was wrong-Herpes 1, and then I panicked-big time. After scouring the Internet for a week making myself sick from all the information and misinformation, the kind folks at Planned Parenthood recommended that I read The Good News about the Bad news. I can not go on enough about how helpful this book was to me. I recommend it now to anyone I know who gets cold sores or will talk to me for even a minute about herpes, as I have come to find out that 2/3 of US population are carrying this around, most without even knowing it-due to misinformation and/or (even more confusing) lack of obvious symptoms. The moment I heard the test results I felt like I went from a normal, healthy, sexually responsible person to an untouchable monster who had been haphazardly spreading an infectious disease. This book helped me to put it all into perspective and pull myself out of the downward spiral. She also does consultations, which I also highly recommend for the inevitable leftover ?'s and to speak to someone with an understanding ear and knowledgeable response to any and all ?'s you may have. She is great. The book is a lifesaver. Thank you Terri Warren.
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24 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Linda Poirier on January 24, 2010
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As a Family Nurse Practitioner working in women's health, I have found the diagnosis and treatment of herpes especially frustrating. There has always been such confusion surrounding how to screen, treat and counsel patients regarding this emotionally charged disease. Terri Warren has addressed all these issues with years of research and practice as her guide. This book will answer the most common questions posed by patients and providers alike. She gives guidance to the clinician and reassurance to the patient that Herpes is manageable and that patients with this diagnosis have in the past and will in the future live full and rewarding lives. I will be making this book a part of our patient lending library and encouraging fellow providers to do the same. Thank you Terri for sharing your life's work with us.
Linda Poirier MSN FNP-C
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