You've heard them before and you may have passed them on but they're still not true!

MYTH: You can't donate blood if you have herpes.


"Chlamydia, venereal warts (human papilloma virus), or genital herpes are not a cause for deferral if you are feeling healthy and well and meet all other eligibility requirements."
   --American Red Cross

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MYTH: Pregnant women with herpes have to have a Cesarean.


"A vaginal delivery is safe for most women with recurrent herpes as long as they don't have signs of infection at delivery."
   --March of Dimes

"If a woman doesn't have herpes lesions at the time of delivery, the standard of care recommended is vaginal delivery."
   --American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology

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MYTH: You can catch herpes from a toilet seat, towel, swimming pool, or hot tub.


"It's almost impossible to get infected through contact with toilets, towels, or other objects used by an infected person."
   --Mayo Health Clinic

"The virus is spread only rarely, if at all, by contact with objects such as a toilet seat or hot tub."
   --American Medical Association (AMA)

MYTH: Cold sores are not caused by herpes.
MYTH: Oral herpes is always caused by HSV-1 and genital herpes is always caused by HSV-2.


"There are two types of HSV, and both can cause the symptoms of genital herpes. HSV type 1 most commonly causes sores on the lips (known as fever blisters or cold sores), but it can cause genital infections as well. HSV type 2 most often causes genital sores, but it also can infect the mouth."
   --American Medical Association (AMA)

"Both viral types can cause either genital or oral infections."
   --Center for Disease Control (CDC)