On Ask Polly: My Boyfriend Won't Stop Raging About My Sexual History

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I think it is incorrect to say that Obamacare is what made your mental health care more expensive and less accessible. It's an example of false attribution. Your insurance company made it this way (or that you switched insurances at the time of Obamacare). There is nothing in the ACA that would directly lead to this as again the ACA requires if anything increased provisions for mental health coverage.

Posted on June 12, 2014 at 9:27 am 0

On Ask Polly: My Boyfriend Won't Stop Raging About My Sexual History

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I think that either the LW misinterpreted what the doctors said and/or the doctors provided misleading information.
clearly, the LW had genital herpes by her own admission and has HSV-1.
we tend to think that HSV-1 causes oral herpes (cold sores) and HSV-2 causes genital herpes because that is their typical predilection, but in reality both can cause both.
In fact, recent research has shown that HSV-1 is now a MORE common cause of genital herpes than HSV-2 (most likely because of increased practice of oral sex, which is how HSV-1 genital herpes is probably contracted in most cases). The good news is that unlike with HSV-2, HSV-1 genital herpes usually only causes a single outbreak (only 15% in one study for example get repeated outbreaks, so it's not always just a "one-time jump" either).
p.s. to LW, regardless of above, agree with Polly and everyone else about the overall advice… just want to clear up some misconceptions about HSV-1 for everyone
p.p.s. I would advise against trying to diagnose people in your life with psychological conditions or personality disorders. If you look hard enough almost everyone you come across will meet some of the criteria for personality disorders and putting people into these labels tends to oversimplify the situation (in my opinion).
p.p.p.s. I would avoid blaming Obamacare for the lack of insurance coverage for mental health services. There are many pros/cons of the affordable care act, but at least in terms of mental health the bill requires if anything expanded mental health coverage than was required previously.

Posted on June 11, 2014 at 3:42 pm 2