This week we were reminded that we should never really judge a book by its cover especially when it comes to sex!
It has been sensationally revealed that the Prince of RnB; Usher Raymond has herpes (allegedly)!
Not only does Usher have the herpes simplex 2 virus, but it appears he is pretty reckless about it too.
Based on recent news, it seems Usher has regularly engaged in unprotected sex without informing his ‘partners’ of his status thus prompting at least 2 lawsuits claiming of such.
Obtained court documents show Usher settled one lawsuit back in 2012 by paying off an ex-lover he had infected with the virus. He paid her just over a million dollars!
The latest claimant simply identified in legal papers as ‘Jane Doe’, has filed claiming she was exposed to the virus after having oral sex and intercourse with him earlier on this year!
Having learned this week along with the rest of us, she fears she may now be infected and is suing Usher for $10 million on the grounds of negligence, emotional distress and battery.
At this point, it’s important to note; Usher is a married man!
Usher married his manager; Grace Miguel in autumn 2015 but news of infidelity began to swirl in May this year after he was snapped looking suspiciously close to a lady on the beach in Hawaii.
A spokesperson for Usher was quick to hush up any rumours claiming the photos were innocent and the lady in question was just a friend.
Since news broke, Usher has conveniently been absent from social media (at time of publishing this article).
So what exactly is Usher hiding?
Usher has the herpes simplex 2 virus more commonly known as genital herpes.
The herpes simplex 2 virus is an STI meaning, this virus is transmitted sexually.
Genital herpes is a long term condition that can remain dormant in the body before becoming active again at a later date.
The average rate of recurrence is roughly 4-5 times a year in the first two years of an individual becoming infected.
Subsequent outbreaks tend to be less severe and frequent but it is still important to remember that once you have contracted the virus, it will continue to remain in your system therefore enabling you to potentially infect other sexual partners.
As it stands, there is no cure for genital herpes but the symptoms can be controlled using antiviral medicines.
Condoms continue to remain the safest way to minimise the risk of spreading the virus.
If you believe you may have been exposed to the virus, visit you GP or sexual health clinic as soon as you can for tests.