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The Good News About the Bad News: Herpes: Everything You Need to Know Paperback – May 1, 2009

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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: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,120 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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Having recently had a long, very painful first outbreak, I bought this book to understand what was happening to me, and what I could expect for the future.

It contains a lot of good information, and I highly recommend it as a fact/reality-check. Everything appears up-to-date, though I would've liked to see a summary with key facts in the back, to refer to in the future. The author covers what herpes is, the various types, how often you can expect an outbreak, how contagious you might be to partners, as well as basic preventative measures against outbreaks. Warren even goes briefly into other STDs, especially if they relate to herpes. Overall you're getting a great education on herpes, written in a very upfront manner - everything you should have known, or wish you had known before getting this STD - but which will help you lead a safer sexual life now.

The book is very thorough on facts, but I was disappointed by how the emotional aspects were dealt with. As many people with herpes know, and certainly those who've had bad outbreaks, getting this disease can be very traumatic, leaving you wondering how or if you'll ever be able to responsibly have a normal sex life again.

The author talks about the emotions, but it's done in a kind of 'handbook' style - as in, 'You're probably feeling this, and you might be feeling that... but the truth is, it's not that bad, or maybe you could have been more responsible, and yes your sex life will be different, but maybe that's not such a bad thing.'

Personally, I found it unconvincing, a bit patronizing, and just not too helpful in that regard. It certainly didn't come close to helping me cope with the amount of pain I was in, and the dread of what it might mean for my entire sexual life.
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