It ruins your sex life and it can be cured… 7 myths about herpes busted

Despite infections like Herpes being so common, there's still so much fake news about what causes it, how it's spread and what it really is.

Herpes can be incredibly dangerous to newborns so it's vital that we know everything possible about the virus.

There are around 35,000 cases of herpes a year in the UK – with current estimates saying that about 70 per cent of the population having been infected by the herpes virus or one of its close relatives, which we've managed to fight off via our own natural defences.

Dr Clare Morrison, GP at MedExpress reveals seven myths and misconceptions of this super-common STD:

Myth 1: It's something to be embarrassed about

“Doctors have seen it all and we are not there to judge. Coming in to get medication to help with outbreak symptoms is the correct move and no qualified doctor will be judging you."

Myth 2: Only promiscuous people get herpes

“You can have herpes without knowing it, that’s because even if there are no noticeable symptoms like small red bumps, pain, blisters or itching, you can still spread the viral cells and infect a partner. So promiscuous people aren’t the only ones at risk.

"The herpes virus is the most infectious just before, during, and after an outbreak, but it also has ‘silent shedding’ between outbreaks, meaning the virus can spread at just about any time.”

Myth 3: If you sleep with someone who has the virus, you'll get it too

"The infection is mainly passed on if the person who is infected is having an outbreak at the time of intercourse. If you avoid sleeping with someone while you have an outbreak, the chance of passing it on to that person is reduced.

"Wearing a condom while someone is having an outbreak also won't 100% protect you from contracting the infection, so it's best just to avoid sex for a few weeks."

Myth 4: Cold sores are just genital herpes on your face

“Even though cold sores are caused by herpes simplex virus type 1, if you have oral sex with someone who has a cold sore it can actually give you genital herpes.

"The likelihood of passing it on is very high during a primary outbreak. If you do have receive oral sex from someone who has a cold sore, washing with soap and water after can help decrease the risk of transmission.

Myth 5: Herpes is uncommon

"Many people believe that Herpes is uncommon, yet around 70% of us are infected with some strain of the herpes virus!”

Myth 6: Your sex life is over

“While there’s no cure, herpes treatment is simple and can shorten or prevent outbreaks, so you can still have a love life. People seem to fear herpes more than any other STI, they feel like their sex lives are ruined forever and that’s not the case.

"If you have to be ‘perfect’ for your new partner, that partner will be looking a very long time to find a match, it’s also best to be honest with your partner, to avoid confrontation down the line.”

Myth 7: Herpes can be cured

“Unfortunately, if you have the herpes virus then you have it for life. However, things can be done to manage the symptoms. For example, it has been proven that stress can lead to an outbreak of herpes, so try and stay relaxed.

"Antiviral medications do exist to help out when you are having an outbreak and to help speed the healing of sores, but the infection will stay with you forever.”

What to do if you think you have herpes?

“When you first notice symptoms, which can often be quite painful, it's imperative that you head to your doctor or local sexual health clinic and avoid having sex until symptoms have cleared.

"Getting medication to help with these outbreaks is imperative, as going without can affect your quality of life for a few weeks. It's important not to be embarrassed about seeking help, it's nothing we haven't seen before!”



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Hanukkah 2018 – all the best Chanukah recipes and food eaten during the festival

Here are some of the best Jewish cuisine recipes for the holidays.

How to make delicious Hanukkah food

There are lots of different dishes that are eaten to celebrate this Jewish festival which runs for eight days and nights on the 25th day of Kislev and is also known as the Festival of Lights – in 2018 this falls from December 2-10.

From sweet doughnuts to beef brisket and latke, check out these recipes:

Sufganiyot

Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon dry yeast
  • 250g flour
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 whole egg
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 3 tablespoons oil + more for frying
  • a pinch of salt
  • 2 to 3 drops of vanilla extract
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • strawberry jam
  • confectioners' sugar to sprinkle on

Directions:

Slow cooked beef brisket

Serves: 6-8

Ingredients:

  • 3 lb. beef brisket
  • small white onion, sliced
  • garlic cloves, smashed and peeled
  • 2 c. low sodium chicken stock
  • sprigs fresh thyme
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Directions:

Latkes

Serves: 4-6

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. Russet potatoes, peeled (about 2 medium)
  • large eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. kosher salt, divided
  • Canola oil, for frying
  • 2 tbsp. chopped chives
  • Applesauce, for serving
  • Sour cream, for serving

Pretzel challah

Serves: 2

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 c. warm water
  • packet active dry yeast
  • 1 tbsp. sugar
  • 1 tbsp. canola oil
  • 1 1/4 tsp. salt
  • egg
  • flour
  • 4 qt. water
  • 1/2 c. baking soda
  • 1/2 c. dark brown sugar
  • Cornmeal, for dusting baking sheet
  • Kosher or coarse salt, for seasoning challah
  • 2 tbsp. melted butter

Directions:

Sweet noodle kugel

Serves: 6-8

Ingredients:

  • Butter, for greasing the pan
  • 16 oz. wide egg noodles
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1/2 c. butter, melted
  • 16 oz. sour cream
  • 8 oz. cottage cheese
  • 3/4 c. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon

Directions:

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Priyanka Chopra & More Stars Stunning In Rainbow Sequin Dresses That’ll Look Great On NYE

Sequins? On New Year’s Eve? Groundbreaking. At least, they are when they’re multicolored! Check out some of the best celeb takes on rainbow dresses!

If you’re looking to sparkle on New Year’s Eve, there’s no better way than to add sequins to your attire. But if you want to branch out from the traditional silver and gold, you have options! Priyanka ChopraTaylor Swift, and Katy Perry have all stunned in rainbow sequin outfits that would look amazing in all of your NYE pictures with your besties!

Chopra rocked the trend most recently when she attended Bumble‘s launch party in Mumbai on Dec. 7 with new hubby Nick Jonas. While the couple certainly don’t need dating apps anymore, they appeared to be having a great time at the event, smiling for photos and cuddling up close.

The Quantico alum was positively glowing – and it’s not entirely due to her newly married state of bliss. She donned a plunging gown that featured sequin stripes in pink, blue, green, gold and red which is perfect for the girl who can’t stand looking like a Crayola crayon in monochromatic ensembles.

Chopra’s look was excellent, but there are shorter options available too. Taylor Swift kicked off her Reputation era with some photos of her posing in a glittery rainbow mini dress with a matching jacket. The singer was then spotted in the look again during a New Year’s Eve party scene in the music video for her hit song, “End Game.”

Hey, if rainbow sequins are good enough for Swift’s end of year bashes (even if they’re fictional), they should be good enough for yours! See how more celebs have styled sparkly multi-colored dresses in the gallery above!

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We get up close and very personal with our fave Strictly Come Dancing pros Aljaž skorjanec, Giovanni Pernice and Gorka MÁrquez

Aljaž skorjanec, 28

 

What do people say to you when they recognise you in the street?

It’s always the same: “You’re my favourite.” I know they only say it because it was a Brucie catchphrase, but I still believe it.

Any unusual encounters with fans?

With Janette [Manrara, 35, Aljaž’s wife and fellow Strictly dancer] every single day – she’s my biggest fan.

What’s it like working with Janette?

I love it, but we probably see each other the least on Strictly. We rehearse with our celebrities 24/7, and can’t wait to get home and see each other.

Do you ever argue?

Of course, every couple has their ups and downs. We argue most when we’re rehearsing together – I’m 6ft tall and she’s 5ft, so it can get very frustrating.

How do you keep the romance alive?

We don’t have to try – it’s always there. But we do have date nights. When Janette was eliminated we went to a hotel and had a night off together.

Are kids on the horizon?

I hope so – we both love them. My little sister has just had a baby girl and she’s making me really broody. I’d have five if Janette will let me, but it’s up to her!

How do you stay grounded?

By remembering where I came from. I’m from a tiny town in Slovenia and I try to go home as much as possible to see my family and mates.

Who’s your favourite judge?

They each bring something different – Shirley is knowledgeable, Bruno is all about performance, Darcey is the classy one, and Craig is theatrical. It wouldn’t be the same without any of them.

Which professionals like to party?

During the week we spend all our time with the celebrities, so we all like to have a drink on a Saturday night. The girls are always last on the dance floor, but I’m normally the one turning off the lights at the end of the night.

Is it strange without Brendan Cole?

Absolutely, he was a huge personality, and everyone misses him.

What do the boys do backstage?

We have our own dressing room and sometimes bring in a PlayStation to play FIFA. It gets pretty competitive.

Giovanni Pernice, 28

Which Strictly partners have you stayed in touch with?

All of them, but I’m particularly close with Debbie McGee. We’re both very busy, but we catch up. I recently introduced her to Faye [Tozer, his dancing partner], which was lovely.

Do you get recognised a lot?

People recognise my face not just because I’m on television, but because I’m beautiful. I’m pretty modest, too! The weirdest thing is when people come up to me and think I’m Gino D’Acampo.

Who’s the most vain person on the show?

Me. I always have a spray tan – I go for Venetian, which is really dark, and I’m particular about my hair. It’s important to me to get it right before I go on stage.

Of all the professionals, whose dancing do you envy the most?

That’s silly, I’m the best dancer!

Do you have a lucky charm?

I always wear my grandad’s ring. He gave it to me when I was little, as well as my gold necklace and stud earrings. If I don’t have those things on, you’ll find me freaking out backstage.

Who is your dream dance partner?

I’d love to dance with the Queen – because she’s popular she’d get a lot of votes. And she’s quite good-looking too, so why not?

What’s going on between you and Ashley Roberts?

We’re just good friends, nothing more. She’s an amazing dancer and person, but we’re not dating. I’m single and ready to mingle.

Are dancers better in bed?

I don’t know about dancers, but I can tell you about Italian stallions – if you haven’t been with one before then trust me, you should try it.

You were pictured arguing with your ex Jess Wright at the Pride of Britain Awards. What went on?

It was the first time we’d seen each other after we broke up earlier this year and it was a normal argument between two people who have split. It happens, that’s life – we’re fine now.

Are you ready to settle down?

I don’t think so because I’m really busy working on my touring show
at the moment, but never say never. If love comes into my life, of course I’m open to it, but I’m enjoying focusing on work right now.

Gorka MÁrquez, 28

What’s been your personal Strictly highlight?

My love story with Gemma [Atkinson, 34]. I never imagined I’d meet someone on the show. I’ve got a job to do and that’s that, but something special happened when I met her.

Does she ever get jealous of all the female attention you get?

I don’t think she does. Gemma is very confident in herself and, to be honest, I’m the lucky one being with her. She has nothing to worry about.

What is the most unusual piece of fan mail you’ve received?

Toys and collars for Gemma’s dogs. No one cares about me any more!

Why do you think there’s a Strictly Curse?

I don’t think it’s limited to Strictly. You can be working in an office, at Tesco, or on a movie – it happens. Usually, the people involved are unhappy or have relationship problem.

Are dancers better in bed?

Well, Gemma’s very happy, so yes!

Tell us a Strictly secret…

It’s hard to keep a secret on Strictly! But every Saturday night before the show, we get Domino’s – we have about 50 pizzas. I don’t eat it though. Check out my six-pack for why…

What was it like being partnered with Katie Piper this year?

Meeting Katie was amazing, she’s such an inspirational person. Her approach to life after everything she’s been through is incredible. We got close and we’ll stay in touch.

Is the UK home now?

Yes, I love it – I just wish it was a bit sunnier. I have a great job and my partner is here, so I’m not leaving.

Is Gemma The One?

We’ll see, but I hope so. Everything is going in the right direction. She makes me a very happy man.
Does your family like her?

She’s spoken to them on FaceTime and my mum and dad love her. And her family has really welcomed me.
What’s the most romantic thing you’ve done for her?

Earlier this year, I was in Spain and she was in Manchester. We’d been apart for 10 days and I missed her, so I got on a plane to surprise her. I messaged her at 3am saying: “See you in a few hours,” and I was at her front door at 8am.

● Watch Strictly Come Dancing, tonight, BBC1.

  • Photography: Mark Hayman
  • Grooming: Sara Bowden using Giorgio Armani skincare and beauty
  • Styling: Lynne Mckenna & Nana Acheampong

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Win a copy of Her Pretty Face by Robyn Harding in this week's Fabulous book competition

Frances’ troubled son Marcus is challenging, and his behaviour leaves her ostracised by the mums at the prestigious Forrester School.

Until, that is, the beautiful Kate Randolph comes into her life.

Their sons become mates, and the women forge a strong friendship.

But when the past rears its head, even close bonds are tested. This is a tense and addictive read

To be in for a chance of winning a copy, enter using the form below before 11:59pm on December 22 2018.

For full terms and conditions, click here.

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When is Christmas Jumper Day 2018, where can you buy the best sweaters and how is money raised for Save the Children?

But when is Christmas Jumper Day 2018 and what's the meaning behind it? We have all the info you need.

When is Christmas Jumper Day 2018?

This year's Christmas Jumper Day will be on December 14.

Every year it's on either the second or third Friday in December.

On the Friday, thousands of people from all over the country will wear their best Christmas jumpers.

It's your chance to "make the world better with a sweater".

What is it in aid of and how does it help?

Christmas Jumper Day was launched in 2012, as a fundraising campaign by Save the Children.

The idea is to wear a Christmas jumper to school or work – and then make a minimum £2 donation to Save the Children.

Some groups organise additional fundraising activities on the day in question. Click here to sign up your workplace.

The Save the Children website says that by taking part in the woolly fun and donating £2, you'll be giving children in the UK and around the world a the chance to build a better future.

Your money could go towards antibiotics for pneumonia or providing healthcare and education.

Where can you buy the best Christmas jumpers?

If you don't already own a Christmas jumper, you don't have to fork out a fortune to buy one.

Primark's novelty jumper selection is pretty extensive this year, and prices start at £12.

Check out the full range here.

B&M have also packed their shops out with festive jumpers – priced from £7.99.

And George at Asda is selling a line of jumpers for ladies, gents and kids from just £8.

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Bootcut jeans are making a comeback for men, but does anyone want them?

It’s easy to dictate your opinion as bible these days: after all, Vogue wrongly predicted the death of cleavage in 2016, but GQ have put forward a convincing case by declaring that bootcut jeans are making a comeback. Here’s why they are wrong.

In womenswear, bootcut jeans have made a welcome return to stores in recent years, providing a decent alternative to the nearly exclusive skinny options available, as it’s more inclusive of the female body in all its forms. But menswear is an entirely different story.

Over the years, retailers have stopped producing bootcut styles with a laser focus on the slim and skinny leg, and while Ireland was a little slow to adapt, we have finally joined the ranks. At a recent new season press preview, a sales representative at a wide-spanning men’s store  remarked to me that they had finally successfully banned the style, despite still receiving some requests around the country.

While Simon Cowell has been dutifully doing his part for the cause, wearing faded denim bootcuts at every opportunity since he burst onto the scene in 2002, but it’s important to remember that when you’re rich enough, you can wear anything and people will still want you.

For the rest of us, it has taken years of re-education as to what looks good in menswear and bootcut tailoring should remain in the past where it belongs, along with black ‘dress’ shoes and oversized pinstripe shirts.

GQ’s analysis is based on the re-introduction of the style in Balenciaga’s SS19 men’s lookbook, thanks to the brand’s new creative director Demna Gvasalia.

“It’s easy to see why Gvasalia might have picked this particular moment in fashion to resurrect boot-cut denim. This year has brought on a pants revolution within the world of menswear. Guys are opting for jazzed-up tan chinos, wavy pleated trousers, and contemporary cargo pants. Which is to say that men are stepping out of their comfort zone when it comes to pants,” the report in GQ says.

“But will the adventurous streak extend to boot-cut jeans? It’s a pretty tall order to get fashion-savvy men wearing flared-out denim again, but if anyone could do it, it’s Gvasalia. He is, after all, largely responsible for turning the bulky dad sneaker from fashion faux pas into certified banger.”

And, despite its headline’s suggestion, even they don’t believe Balenciaga has the punch needed to ensure a more mainstream return. But then again, that’s what we said about normcore and look where that got us.

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Street Seen: Evelyn Adobes admires the style of Rita Ora

EVELYN ADOBES, 35.

I AM on the corner of Swanston and Little Bourke streets, city.

Evelyn Adobes favours neutral shades for work, brighter colours for casual wear.Credit:Jess Bassano

I AM a business and development consultant.

I AM WEARING a dress from Nique and I can't remember when I bought my jacket. My bag is Givenchy and I'm just wearing clean, smart shoes. I like pairing neutral colours, especially for work. I hate it when people try too hard, so I'm not wearing anything overly corporate.

MY STYLE IS pretty clean, smart and neutral for work. Outside of work it is a lot more vibrant; I wear loads more colour.

I ADMIRE THE STYLE OF Rita Ora. She knows how to blend her loud personality with sophistication. She's not known for being too revealing. I respect that clever self-expression.

MY FAVOURITE PLACES TO SHOP depend if I'm looking for corporate or casual wear, but there are lots of cool places around the inner city and Fitzroy.

MY BIGGEST FASHION MISTAKE WAS probably wearing the one colour from head to toe. When I was a child I remember dressing in a giant pink knit with pink leggings, pink socks, pink runners and a pink scrunchie in my hair.

WHEN I WAS A KID I WORE fluoros, almost as many fluoros as I could team up at once. Now, in my adult life, that has become how much leopard-print can be bundled in at the same time. I know there is a line, but I have to put it all on and then decide which items are too much and strip it back a bit.

I WOULD NEVER BE CAUGHT DEAD IN those really tiny denim shorts where your bum hangs out the bottom.

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Three dads open up about life with a premature baby and how charity Bliss helped them through — plus how you can help

We are asking YOU to help us raise money for Bliss, the leading UK charity for babies born premature and sick, including the many who will be spending their first Christmas in hospital.

 

Bliss funds medical research and provides information to families via reading material and its volunteer Champions, who offer cot-side assistance, from emotional support to helping with practical issues.

Today, three dads tell us about their experiences of having premature babies and how Bliss helped them through the most difficult times.

‘Bedrooms on unit allow parents to stay close to tots’

ROSS Simmons, 28, a salesman, lives with wife Leanne, 27, a nurse, in Pontefract, West Yorks, with their toddler Alex. He was born at 24 weeks and six days, on November 11, 2016, weighing just 1lb 10oz. Ross says:




Show your support for Bliss by donating here


“When Alex was born his entire body could fit into my hand. He was rushed to intensive care before being transferred to Hull Royal Infirmary.

“We stayed in the parents’ room on the unit for the first night, but for the rest of Alex’s 86-day stay in Hull we travelled an hour there and back every day.

“Bliss sponsored a bedroom on the unit to allow parents to be close to their babies, which is essential because there are times when they are in an emergency situation and you need to be nearby.

“Alex came home the day after his due date, still on oxygen. He was born profoundly deaf but considering what he’s been through, he is doing fantastically.”


How to help

DONATE ONLINE: Go to thesun.co.uk/light-up-christmas.

DONATE BY TEXT: Sending BLISS followed by the amount (e.g. BLISS £10) to 70085. You can choose to donate £1, £3, £5, £10, £15 or £20. You will be charged the standard network rate when texting your keyword.

DONATE BY PHONE: Call 020 7378 5740.

DONATE BY POST: Please make cheques payable to “Bliss – ­National Charity for the Newborn” to Freepost RTZJ-GZYE-RCUA, The Sun Appeal, Bliss, Fourth Floor, Maya House, 134-138 Borough High Street, London SE1 1LB.


‘Men think we should be macho but I only got through my darkest days by opening up about feelings’

JOURNALIST Tony Grigorjevs, 32, suffered a breakdown through the stress of having premature twins Isabelle and Jack. He lives in Lichfield, Staffs, with partner Nikki Buckley, 32, a nursery worker, who gave birth at 28 weeks on December 12, 2015. Tony says:




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“As a dad, it was my job to be strong for my family. I thought I was coping but one night I broke down wailing and crying, and I realised I wasn’t.

“Fear is the main emotion I felt when Nikki’s waters broke at 22 weeks. Miraculously, our babies stayed put for another six weeks, but when they were delivered, that fear became overwhelming. Jack, who weighed 3lb, was doing OK on a ventilator, but Isabelle, at 2lb 7oz, was critically ill. I felt powerless.

“The work Bliss does is second to none and the expertise of their staff and volunteers makes a rough journey for parents that little bit smoother.

“If they have someone they can turn to, it benefits everyone. The parents’ mental well-being is more secure, enabling them to ask more appropriate questions and get involved in the care of their baby more efficiently.

“As men, we think we should be macho, but we only got through our darkest days by opening up.”

‘We would have benefited from Bliss Champion’

FRANCESCA weighed 2lbs 1oz when she was born at 27 weeks on November 28, 2017. She lives with her parents Gareth Day, 35, a software developer, and Claire Frost, 36, a music teacher, in Luton. Gareth said:




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“Claire was diagnosed with pre-eclampsia and HELLP syndrome, which can cause organ failure, and was taken into theatre for a caesarean.

“The staff were absolutely amazing. Francesca was put into a plastic bag in an incubator and on oxygen. We were able to see her but we couldn’t touch her as her skin was so delicate.

“We didn’t have a Bliss Champion at our neonatal unit, and Claire wants to change that. She has applied to volunteer there. To have that sort of emotional support would have really benefited us.

“Francesca came home on February 13, this year, nine days before her due date. It was a brilliant moment.”

Newborn baby appeal

TO DONATE: thesun.co.uk/light-up-christmas
OR CALL: 020 7378 5740


How to help

DONATE ONLINE: Go to thesun.co.uk/light-up-christmas.

DONATE BY TEXT: Sending BLISS followed by the amount (e.g. BLISS £10) to 70085. You can choose to donate £1, £3, £5, £10, £15 or £20. You will be charged the standard network rate when texting your keyword.

DONATE BY PHONE: Call 020 7378 5740.

DONATE BY POST: Please make cheques payable to “Bliss – ­National Charity for the Newborn” to Freepost RTZJ-GZYE-RCUA, The Sun Appeal, Bliss, Fourth Floor, Maya House, 134-138 Borough High Street, London SE1 1LB.


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