I told you it’s not herpes…
I’ve been saying it over and over on this website. It’s practically my personal mantra at this point. In fact, if there was one single myth I want to bust more than any other with this website, it’s this one.
RAS is not caused by herpes.
But it’s just so ingrained in our collective thought, it seems like I’m never going to break through. I thought I’d need to do something a bit more interesting.
And then it occurred to me. I’ve never actually had a blood test for herpes. So like Eric Northman, I put my blood where my mouth is. (See what I did there?)
I got tested for herpes, just to know, once and for all. To be honest, I was a little bit nervous about it, not because I thought I had it, but because you can carry herpes for years and never show any symptoms. Granted, I would have had to have had herpes since the day I was born, but still… What if I had it and didn’t know it? I’ve put all this time and energy into this site and here I was contradicting myself.
Luckily, I had nothing to worry about. It all came up negative. And just in case you’re the “show me” type, I’ll show you:
As you can see, for each test it gives an index value to interpret the results. Anything below a .9 index value means you came up negative – don’t have herpes. I tested at .19 for herpes simplex 1 (usually associated with oral herpes/cold sores), and .04 for herpes simplex 2 (usually associated with genital herpes).
So there you have it.
If canker sores are caused by herpes, and I get canker sores constantly, but don’t have herpes…
Well, it just doesn’t add up, does it?
I would encourage anybody to get tested for herpes, whether they cause canker sores or not. It’s a very common and contagious virus that you could be carrying (and spreading) without even knowing it. According to my doctor, some people carry it their whole lives and never show a single symptom. It’s cheap and quick, and very much worth it.