Grove Press
Grove Press
Grove Press

Dr. Ruth’s Guide to Talking About Herpes

by Ruth Westheimer with Pierre Lehu

“Her energy level is higher than that of a charged particle.” –People

  • Imprint Grove Paperback
  • Page Count 224
  • Publication Date October 04, 2004
  • ISBN-13 978-0-8021-4120-0
  • Dimensions 6" x 9"
  • US List Price $17.00

About The Book

For over two decades, Dr. Ruth has been the most recognizable and influential sex expert in the world. Now she tackles how to deal with one of the most common and misunderstood sexually transmitted diseases: herpes.

It is estimated that herpes has infected some sixty million people in the United States. Yet the stigma associated with this disease is staggering, leading many into depression and the belief that their love life is over. No one is better equipped to help the sufferers of herpes communicate with their partners, and to understand the risks and myths of this disease, than Dr. Ruth. By interviewing dozens of people with herpes who have gone through the process of overcoming guilt, shame, and the common misconceptions associated with herpes, Dr. Westheimer speaks frankly and openly about:

” What herpes is, and the different kinds of herpes you can catch
” The ways herpes can be transmitted
” How to cope with the disease once you have it
” Having that all-important “talk” about dealing with herpes with either a prospective lover or a longtime partner
” Joining a herpes support group (or starting one of your own)

Dr. Ruth’s Guide to Talking about Herpes also offers unique strategies on how to talk to your kids about herpes, and how herpes affects you if you’re gay or an older adult. Finally, Dr. Ruth addresses how to talk about other sexually transmitted diseases with your partner or lover.

Educational and informative, Dr. Ruth’s Guide to Talking about Herpes is an essential guide to dealing with and overcoming one of the nation’s most common afflictions


“Her manner is down-to-earth and reassuring. . . . She tries to make people feel better, value themselves, trust their instincts.” –Ladies’ Home Journal

“Her energy level is higher than that of a charged particle.” –People

“Dr. Ruth writes the way she talks–enthusiastically, nonjudgmentally, and informatively.” –Booklist

“Dr. Ruth is the stealth fighter of sex education.” –San Jose Mercury News