posting this so the evil little 1 next to my tag will go away

originalotaku  asked:

90% of the world's population has herpes.

It is a comforting thought, but that’s the combination of HSV1 and HSV2 worldwide. In the US, according to the CDC, 56% of people have HSV1, about 1 in 6 have HSV2 (it’s more common in women than men, about 1 in 4 for women and 1 in 8 for men). So that’s 16.6% of people ages 14+ with HSV2. 

There really isn’t much of a difference between the strains other than HSV2 evolved an extra genome that allows it to infect people infected with HSV1. Most people with just HSV2 are protected from HSV1 unless their immune systems are severely compromised. 

So, given that there is some overlap of people having both, that means that there is about 60-70% of people in the US with either type of herpes, whether they know it or not.

Unfortunately, most people don’t know this. Historically, HSV wasn’t listed in medical text books. It wasn’t until there was a marketing campaign to advertise Acyclovir, a compound only found to inhibit the replication of herpes simplex viruses, was created, that a campaign of doom was also created. This is around the time the Time Magazine issue titled, “The New Scarlet Letter: Herpes, an incurable virus, threatens to undo the sexual revolution” came out. 

This was soon overshadowed by AIDs panic, but regardless, the stigma stays well-ingrained.

Rumor has it that support groups were even created by  Burroughs Wellcome Co., the pharmaceutical company that invented Acyclovir, in an effort to further stigmatize and separate individuals, while raking in billions a year in revenue. 

Anyway, you probably already know all of this, but I’ve filled my brain with just about everything to do with HSV since I was diagnosed this June, and I wanted to share this with some who follow me, because I know that I had absolutely no clue.

All I learned about HSV were images of swollen sore covered mouths and genitals in middle school sex ed, which I didn’t give a quarter of a thought about.  I was a dumb gum-smacking kid, probably day-dreaming about how cute kittens are or wondering why my best friend was being a cunt.

Here are some IMPORTANT things that I learned about HSV that everyone should know:

1. People can transmit the virus even if they’re not having a noticeable outbreak, which is why so many people have it.

YOU CAN’T INSPECT SOMEONE’S GENITALS PRE-SEX, SEE NOTHING OF CONCERN, AND THEN ASSUME THEY ARE HSV-FREE.

I have never seen anything of concern on Barren’s genitals.

YOU CAN’T INSPECT YOUR OWN GENITALS, SEE NOTHING OF CONCERN, AND ASSUME YOU ARE HSV FREE.

I have never had a noticeable outbreak.

2. 16.6% of adults have HSV2, that’s just the kind that “prefers” the genitals, but either strain can swap locations. There are plenty of people with HSV1 genitally, because their first exposure to HSV1, the commonly called “cold sore” variant, was through oral sex. Ella Dawson is a herpes activist that has HSV1 genitally (Watch her TedTalk sometime, it’s great, and she’s adorable), and I have met more than a few within support groups both online and in person with HSV1 genitally. 

But, to put HSV2 into context alone, 16.6% of people have HSV2. According to the 2015 US Census, 14.3% of the TOTAL American population is African-American. 

Basically, if everyone walked around with a little SIM’s tag above their heads with their HSV type/types, there wouldn’t be a stigma. Or, at least, not nearly as big of a one as there currently is. 

However, for reasons listed above, most people infected with either strain are not aware that they are.

3. Although billions of people have either virus, only 2% of them suffer horribly. In the past, before IGG testing was a thing, these were the people who “had herpes,” the ones whose immune systems were unable, for whatever reason, to control it. Now 2% seems like a low number, but when you factor in BILLIONS of individuals have HSV, that’s millions of individuals who suffer recurrences.

Whether an individual has noticeable symptoms or not, due to the social stigma and fear of transmitting to loved ones, people contemplate suicide and even take their lives over this diagnosis (Jim Carrey’s ex-girlfriend being one of them, if you don’t want Jim Carrey ruined for you, do not Google more about this). 

So it’s important to support research into better treatment options and even cures.

People are using CRISPR tools to try to access the latent genome and clear the virus for good from people’s bodies, but that is currently only in animal studies, and is an estimated decade down the line- IF it works out. So what’s the next best bet?

There are a few companies in phase II trials for herpes therapeutic vaccines, this means individuals would only need a few shots instead of a life-time of medication. Genocea’s Gen 003 is the one closest to market in the US, and will likely be made commercially available by 2020. The most promising one, Bill Halford’s Theravax, made by the company Rational Vaccines, has sent some participants into full remission of symptoms. He will be entering Phase II soon, but he is side-stepping the FDA and going overseas to conduct his trials. He has developed a preventative vaccine as well. For more information on Bill Halford’s work go to liveherpesvaccine.com or rationalvaccines.com.

Another possible therapeutic,  Pritelivir, was haulted by the FDA due to it showing liver toxicity in monkeys at 100x the dose. This was heart breaking to many sufferers, because in earlier trials it was shown to be way more effective than Valtrex, and could also be used in combination with Valtrex due to it having a different mechanism of action. The company is striving to lift the ban for further studies.

So, there are things in motion, and those things should be supported. It’s a needless infection that we should do away with globally, because I believe unfortunately, no matter how many times people say “90% of the world’s population has herpes,” the stigma will not go away until the virus itself does. It’s sad, but it’s appearing to be true.

4. Condoms do not protect fully against HSV. It is a skin-to-skin contact virus, and condoms do not cover all of the skin involved during sexual intercourse. Think of Ross from Friends when he realized condoms do not fully protect against pregnancy. It’s a little like that. That said, there are other STDs, and condoms do cover SOME surface area, so you’re better with one than without.

5. Finally, my last point which goes without saying, there are people evil enough in this world to lie about their STD status. Let me repeat. THERE ARE PEOPLE EVIL ENOUGH IN THIS WORLD TO LIE ABOUT THEIR STD STATUS. If you’re afraid of catching either strain, make sure to include a type-specific HSV blood test in your testing with new partners. You may have to fight for it, as most doctors don’t like to administer these tests due to how common the infection is in contrast with how drastic the social stigma is. Don’t feel like you’re invincible. Don’t feel like it can’t happen to you .Like I pointed out in my last post, some will acquire it through their partners cheating as well. I’ve met more than a few that acquired it this way, so even doing blood work pre-relationship is no guarantee.

Thank you for the prompt for this novel.

anonymous asked:

Starco shippers are so immature and rude. How the hell can you affiliate yourself with that?

Woah, buddy…. easy there. First of all, don’t really appreciate the rude entrance, but I’ll answer your question anyway.

1. I will ship what I want.

I, first and foremost, am a multishipper. I just have a strong preference for Starco. It’s cute, fun, light, and harmless. Not to mention, I’ve liked it for ages, even before the show’s premier; I’m not one to jump ship so easily. I don’t care about people’s opinion on the ship. Star Vs. the Forces of Evil is just one show of many, many others. It does no harm. It will not change the world. It is a children’s cartoon on Disney XD that too many of you guys get wrapped up in. Speaking of which, a new point.

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How to recognize and deal with a Destiheller in 3 easy steps.

When wandering through the wild world of Tumblr and especially if you step into the vast Supernatural fandom, is easy to spot the Destiel shippers, since their numbers are great and they move in packs. However, when approaching a Destiel shipper to decide if you want to be friends with them or not, you have to be very careful, for there is a more agressive species of this particular brand of shippers: the Destihelleres. *cue menacing music*

Now, you must be aware, most Destiel shippers are friendly and like a regular shipper, they only wish to enjoy their ship through fanart, fanfiction and meta-analysis. Some of them have given up on the canon show and some of them keep watching in the hopes that their ship may become canon some day. Whatever the case, if you approach them with kidness and respect, they will extend the same courtesy to you, even if you ship something different entirely.

The Destihellers, however… *more menacing music.*

Be not afraid, though, because through my experience and the experience of those around me who have dealt with them extensively, I have developed a foolproof method to detect and avoid Destihelleres. And as SPN has been confirmed for its thirteenth season (yes, this horse has been beaten into a fine powder) I thought it would be useful to share it. Let’s begin.

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clearlylostmymind  asked:

Hi lovely, there's a rumor going around that you are the queen of recs. So, after re-reading (for the hundredth time) Eugara's kevin finds out fic and Dollylux's John finds out fic, I was wondering if you know of any more good, well written "x finds out about wincest" fics, I'd be more than happy! thank you <3

Helloooo! That’s a nice rumor, as exaggerated as it is ;) But I do have recs for you, and hopefully you’ll find something to read from this list.

*** John finds out ***

Clear Vision by flinchflower
Dean and Sam have a little morning fun. A John Finds Out Fic. Words: 1,278.
Tags: sam/dean, wincest, oneshot, established relationship, john-finds-out 

Creature Fear by Bazzle
Dean is cursed on a hunt and consumed by the need to take his little brother in every way he can. No idea how much of Dean is in that rabid body, Sam convinces their father to let him save his brother’s life at the risk of revealing his own feelings for his brother. It’s only later that Sam finds out that there might have been more of his brother there that night than he had realized. Words:16,074.
Tags: sam/dean, wincest, weecest, fuck-or-die, teen!chesters, cursed!dean, underage!sam, embarrassed!sam, bottom!sam, top!dean, virgin!sam, first-time, dub-con, crying, angst, hurt/comfort, endearments, john-finds-out

Fall For Nothing by belyste
A/N: John POV, implied Wincest, spans the events from Dead Man’s Blood to In My Time of Dying.  In my head the boys started sleeping together sometime around the middle of season one, though it stopped when they met up with their father.  But John can’t help but notice the way they are around each other, and it changes the way he sees everything.  Words: 2,361.
Tags: implied wincest, sam/dean, oneshot, john-finds-out, rating: pg-13

Family by gilascave
John knows what his sons do. Words: ~2700.
Tags: sam/dean, wincest, weecest, oneshot, john-finds-out, pre-series, angst

For The End of My Broken Heart by wickedtruth
Dad’s disappeared and Sam’s left to pick up the pieces of his broken brother. Post Devil’s Trap AU. Words: 59,522.
Tags. sam/dean, wincest, john-finds-out, rating:nc-17, broken!dean, hurt!dean, hospital, angst, first-time, impala!sex, bottom!dean, top!sam

Generosity by astolat
John had traded the gun; he’d have traded away more, and he was still feeling the cold dread of the moment when the demon had cocked its head like a pistol and said, “You know, I’m feeling generous today,” because if it hadn’t taken more, that was only because it figured what was in store was going to be worse. Words: 1,780.
Tags: sam/dean, wincest, established relationship, angst, john-finds-out

How Many Times Can A Man Turn His Head? by lunakir
John Winchester sees more than his boys think. A father’s understanding of his sons’ relationship. Part 1 of Tender Is The Night series. Words: 1,148.
Tags: sam/dean, wincest, weecest, oneshot, underage, john-finds-out, established relationship, pre-series, top!dean, bottom!sam

Ignorance is Bliss by alexjanna91
John has seen many undeniable things in his years; Vietnam, his wife burning up on the ceiling, evil that goes bump in the night. And he has never once taken the route of naivete, ignorance, or denial preferring to arm himself with as much knowledge and preparation as possible. But when it comes to John’s boys and their brotherly love for each other, he is only too happy to be blissfully ignorant, blessedly naive, and cheerfully in denial. 4 fics in this verse.
Tags: sam/dean, weecest, underage, ‘verse, pre-series, teen!chesters, john-finds-out

John Knows by Bazzle
John hadn’t been trying to surprise them, he really hadn’t. He had just been trying to be quiet enough not to wake them… after all, what could your two sons possibly be doing at 2 am on their own in a motel room? They seemed to have found a few things to do… John-centric discovery of our boys. Ages 16 and 20.
Tags: sam/dean, wincest, teen!chesters, underage!sam, oneshot, john-finds-out

Lion and Lamb by drvsilla
A/N: My spn_j2_xmas exchange, for hunters_retreat, from whose list of prompts I chose: First time in the Impala - John finds out - Post-apocalypse, living quiet and mostly happy somewhere together.  Words: ~3400
Tags: sam/dean, wincest, oneshot, post-apocalypse, angst, schmoop, first-time, impala!sex, john-finds-out

Sacraments by keerawa
I’ve been known by a thousand names over the ages. Raum, Akoman, Mara, Azazel’s Hound. Lately, I go by Dean Winchester.
Words: 3,300.
Tags: sam/dean, wincest, oneshot, dark!chesters, john-finds-out,
dean pov, rating: nc-17, demon!dean, dark!sam, bloodplay, violence

Safe and Sound by hellesofbelles
Prompt: Would love to see Dean stopping by Stanford to check up on Sam but, becomes concerned when Sam has not left his apartment in a couple days. He finally becomes worried enough to break into Sam’s apartment. Dean finds Sam in his bedroom suffering through a heat that has Sam fevered and hysterical. Dean had no idea that Sam was a Breeder/Omega, not an Alpha like Dean and John.
Tags: sam/dean, wincest, stanford!era, alpha/beta/omega, mpreg, heat!fic, alpha!dean, omega!sam, hurt!sam, caring!dean, mating, john-finds-out

Sheltered by Creed by stir_of_echoes
“They’re your boys John; you can’t possibly expect me to believe that you don’t know, can’t see…” Words: 2,565.
Tags: sam/dean, wincest, oneshot, outsider-pov, john-finds-out, protective!dean, character:pastor jim

The Promise by Gillian Middleton
Kidnapped and imprisoned, Sam & Dean only have each other and their inner resources to get them through. Words: 26,842.
Tags: sam/dean, wincest, angst, hurt/comfort, hurt!sam, hurt!dean, suicidal!sam, malnutrition, hospital, ptsd, john-finds-out, rating:nc-17, teen!chesters

Under the Blanket by Colette_Capricious
Sam is relentless when he wants something. Dean is helpless in the face of Sam’s desires and this thing that is building between them. It can’t happen, it won’t happen. It’s wrong. But why isn’t John doing anything to stop it? Could there actually be something on this earth than John Winchester is afraid to face? Sam is 14 in this first part. Nothing explicit happens, not even a kiss. The next chapter will be explicit. Words: 7,495.
Tags: sam/dean, weecest, wincest, john-finds-out, pre-series, first-time

I also have recs for Bobby (or others) finding out, but this post is already so long that I’ll make a separate rec post about those later

anonymous asked:

Ok so firstly the Stiles/Peter parallels are deeply disturbing and I can't believe I never noticed before! Onto my question, do you think Stiles is going to end up going dark (intentionally or not) or do you think the Nogitsune thing was his dark arc and he "passed" enough to be a little skeevy but still generally end up a good guy at the end of the day? I know in Teen Wolf the concept of good and bad is mostly a grey area but, basically yeah so do you think TW will end with evil!Stiles?

My #1 disclaimer on this is that I love dark!Stiles more than anything and would adore Big Bad!Stiles and Peter Hale is my favorite character next to Lydia so when discussing the possibility of dark!Stiles I don’t have any negative connotations associated with that.

(More like “Oh, you precious snowflake.”)

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Stiles and Peter parallels. To reiterate what brought this ask up, they share many/most of their key scenes/emotional beats and here again’s the tag documenting them: (x)

do think they’re potentially foreboding.

The lynchpin to this is way back in S1. In the parking deck, Peter makes Stiles a fair deal about the Argents.

Granted, there’s a truncated of the scene and a longer cut and in the longer cut he’s absolutely explicit he has no power over Stiles to make him give him Scott’s username and password and it’s Stiles’ choice if he gives him the power to save Scott by killing the Argents.

Obviously, I prefer the long cut, but either way Stiles has the moment of decision with a shadowed brow…

…before he hands over the information, signing the warrant for the Argents.

Up comes the key scene for dark!Stiles:

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Theories for Magi 283 and Beyond!

With the announcement that Magi is going to be on break until October 28th, I know that a lot of people are not too happy about it. I believe the official reasoning behind this break is that Ohtaka sensei needs to build her strength to write the final arc. I believe she is also giving us some time to prepare for what the final arc has in store for us. So after reading chapter 282 I could not help but create tons of theories as to what we will see on October 28th, when Magi starts up again after (what I assume is going to be) a 2 year time skip.  I could be completely wrong about the time skip, but it makes the most sense for Alibaba and Judal’s sakes. Below are a few of my thought and theories working off of this presupposition. They are probably all utter garbage and are going to end up being completely wrong, but I hope to at least get more people posting about what the future holds for Magi, especially following this time skip. I really want to hear some fresh new theories from all of you! And if you do end up posting some of your own theories, please tag me if you get the chance, as I would love to see them! ^^

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