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How does stress affect genital herpes?

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Managing stress in healthy ways may help reduce how often you have a genital herpes outbreak. Ongoing stress -- that lasting more than a week -- seems to trigger outbreaks more than any other lifestyle factor.

SOURCES:  The American Social Health Association: National Herpes Resource Center. Terri Warren, RN, Westover Heights Clinic, Portland, Ore. Joanne Grosshans, manager, Herpes Resource Center, American Social Health Association. MELINEplus Medical Encyclopedia. "Stress management" and "Herpes labialis (oral Herpes simplex)." Cohen, F., et al. "Persistent Stress as a Predictor of Genital Herpes Recurrence." Archives of Internal Medicine," Nov. 8, 1999.

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on September 9, 2018

SOURCES:  The American Social Health Association: National Herpes Resource Center. Terri Warren, RN, Westover Heights Clinic, Portland, Ore. Joanne Grosshans, manager, Herpes Resource Center, American Social Health Association. MELINEplus Medical Encyclopedia. "Stress management" and "Herpes labialis (oral Herpes simplex)." Cohen, F., et al. "Persistent Stress as a Predictor of Genital Herpes Recurrence." Archives of Internal Medicine," Nov. 8, 1999.

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on September 9, 2018

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