If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with any of the alpha herpesvirus including HSV-1 or HSV-2, they are not alone. Millions of people in the US and around the globe live healthy, active lives with the virus. There are many books available about living with, understanding, and managing herpes.
Herpes is a disease that is caused by the herpes simplex virus, either HSV-1 or HSV-2. Depending on how it is presented, it can be classified as oral herpes or genital herpes and in some cases, both. Having herpes has been a cause for social stigma but the facts are most of the population carries the virus. When you begin to read and understand the virus, the virus can be way less intimidating.
We have provided a list of our favorite books on the subject and recommend that you read one or more. The more you know and understand, the easier it is to manage.
There are many books that talk about a herpes “cure”. Be aware of these books! Any book that claims there is a cure is misleading. There are many ways to manage herpes but there is no cure for herpes.
Here are our TOP 5 Books about HERPES:
1. The Good News About the Bad News: Herpes: Everything You Need to Know
By Terri Warren, RN, NP
This highly rated book covers all angles of living with Herpes from the first diagnosis, to communicating with partners, to living a healthy life with Herpes. Besides being an Amazon Best Seller, having the most reviews, we happen to really like this book also which makes it our number one choice.
2. YES, I Have Herpes: A Gynecologist’s Perspective In and Out of the Stirrups
By Dr. Sheila Loanzon, DO
An easy to read book that speaks to people with a Herpes diagnosis and those with a loved one with Herpes. It is very informative and personal to help get beyond the Stigma of Herpes.
3. Managing Herpes: Living and Loving With HSV
By Charles Ebel and Anna Wald and MD
This is a great reference book that is full of factual information, written in an easy to understand style. The information provided gives the reader tools necessary to better manage Herpes.
4. Understanding Herpes, 2nd Ed (Understanding Health & Sickness)
By Lawrence R. Stanberry
This 2nd edition was updated in 2006. This is a very detailed clinical resource. It is factual and straight to the point. If you aren’t interested in reading about the emotional side of Herpes, then this book is for you.
5. Dr. Ruth’s Guide to Talking About Herpes
By Dr. Ruth Westheimer
Dr. Ruth covers the basics first and then moves into dealing with the emotional side of herpes. She covers a series of hypothetical conversations that you may encounter when you share with someone that you have herpes and how to deal with each situation and emotion. And of course it wouldn’t be Dr. Ruth without discussing how to maintain a healthy active sex life while living with herpes. A more current version would make this book better.