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Why On Earth Would Anyone Think Snooki Has Herpes?

Snooki and Co: Herpes Ridden?

OK, I don’t want to joke about herpes because I actually think that it’s WAY more common than anyone believes it to be, and while it would for sure be sucky if you got it, it’s not exactly a life-ruiner. Still, producers of shows like Jersey Shore and Celebrity Rehab are saying that keeping their stars from getting STDs is one of their main concerns on set.

From the NY Post:

Reality shows such as “Celebrity Rehab” and “Jersey Shore” are so worried about sexually transmitted diseases, they pass out medication “like M&Ms” to cast members, say the shows’ producers.

In a round-table discussion of reality show execs published yesterday in The Hollywood Reporter, SallyAnn Salsano, creator of “Jersey Shore,” says STDs are a constant concern.

“I do a full medical [for cast members] but I also do a lot of STD stuff,” she says.

“The network [VH1] requires me to do stuff with my patients that has no relevance to anything,” Dr. Drew Pinsky, the host of “Celebrity Rehab,” says.

“Like everyone on the set has to take [herpes medication] Valtrex,” he said.

“We hand it out like M&Ms!” Salsano said. ” ‘Hey kids, it’s time for Valtrex!’ It’s like a herpes nest. They’re all in there mixing it up.”

Hey! Better safe than sorry, I guess. I think it’s more than sad that reality TV show producers are more concerned about the sexual health of their stars than the stars themselves, but at least someone they associate is aware of how rampant herpes is.

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  • Doctors agree that the best way to avoid the spread of herpes is to be educated on how it is transmitted. Taking the time to learn about herpes and how it is passed from one person to another is the best way to protect yourself and your partner.

    When thinking about how is herpes spread, remember that there are two main types of the disease. Type 1, known as HSV-1, is most commonly the cause of the oral version, often called fever blisters or cold sores. Type 2, known as HSV-2 is the main cause of genital herpes. Both oral and genital are spread in similar ways and both are very contagious.

    It is important to keep in mind that the spread of herpes happens very easily. Because the virus is transmitted through physical contact, any skin to skin contact can potentially be an opportunity to pass on the virus.

    Herpes stays in the body for life, even though the symptoms may come and go. When the symptoms are present, it is called a “herpes outbreak”. Many people make the mistake of assuming they cannot pass the virus on to their partner if they are not experiencing an outbreak. However, this is not the case. The virus is still there even if the person who has it is not exhibiting any symptoms. You are certainly most susceptible to catching the virus if the infected person has active symptoms, but even so, you should always be concerned about the spread of herpes. Always take precautions to protect yourself from getting the virus, or if you already have it then to keep your partner from becoming infected.

    So, how is herpes spread? In addition to skin contact, it is passed on through oral sex or through vaginal or anal sex. There is some risk of spreading herpes through kissing, but this is less likely if neither partner has an open sore or lesion.

    Moist areas of the body, such as the mouth, throat, eyes and genitals, are most easily infected. If your skin is cut, chaffed or burned then these areas are at higher risk of contracting the virus. Keep in mind also that the spread of herpes is not limited to one part of the body. It can be transmitted to other parts of the body, such as from your genitals to your fingers and then from your fingers to other parts of your body.

    While the spread of herpes is common with skin on skin contact, it very unlikely that you would catch herpes from inanimate objects such as swimming pools, bathtubs, damp towels or toilet seats. If you focus on protecting yourself when you are in physical contact with others, then you have a very good chance of avoiding the herpes virus.

  • So, Dr Drew, don’t you think it’s unethical to give medicine to to your patients because VH1 requires you to do it?

    You are such a sellout and such a hack.

  • “Still, producers of shows like Jersey Shore and Celebrity Rehab are saying that keeping their stars from getting STDs is one of their main concerns on set.”

    sure they are. that’s why the snook is directed to give all the hot tub head she wants.

  • I never really watched Jersey Shore. Although, I am concerned that as a society we’re minimizing the intimacy aspect of “Love Making”. It supposed to be Love Making, not raunchy nasty sex.

  • She is a fat disgusting whore. She sleps around she gets Herpes. Anyone who even respects her should get herpes too.