If you have genital herpes and you’re not a virgin, it could be time for a little bit of a reset.
The virus is not only spreading faster than ever, but the strains that are circulating are getting worse as well.
If you are in your 30s or younger, you may want to consider switching to a diet that is low in fats and sugar.
In that case, you can consider eating a whole lot of veggies and fruits.
If your herpes is older, you’ll want to start with a diet lower in processed foods, which can help reduce the chance of getting the virus.
And remember, you are not immune.
Even if you’re a virgin in your late 30s and early 40s, you still might have a high risk of getting genital herpes.
That means you might have to consider a change in diet.
The new advice: Start with a low-fat, high-sugar, whole-grain diet that includes at least two servings of fruits and vegetables a day.
That can be a very simple change to make, but it’s important to consider the potential for a more severe infection if you don’t make the change.
“You want to eat a balanced diet that doesn’t have too much sugar and doesn’t include too many calories,” says Elizabeth Kost, MD, a senior author of the new study and director of the Center for Infectious Disease Epidemiology at Columbia University.
You also need to consider taking precautions, such as avoiding contact with infected people.
If anyone comes into contact with you, contact your healthcare provider right away.
You can also take an anti-viral medication, such a ibuprofen, which has been shown to lower your risk of catching the virus in the first place.
The CDC recommends that you seek testing for genital infections, including herpes and the chlamydia and gonorrhea types, to get the best chances at preventing infections.
To help you decide what to eat, Kost and her colleagues reviewed studies and published studies to help guide their recommendations.
They also created a guide for health care professionals.
It’s meant to help people make educated decisions about what they can and cannot eat to lower their risk of genital herpes infection.
It includes information on what you should and shouldn’t eat, how to prepare your own foods, and a list of food products that can be tested to help lower your chance of contracting genital herpes or other STIs.
It is available on the CDC’s website and in print.
“We know that we have a lot of herpes cases in this country,” Kost says.
“The virus has not been eradicated.
So we need to think about the health of our population, and that includes our young people.”
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