Top 10 Celebrities With Herpes

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Herpes is a sexually transmitted disease (STD). There are some celebrities with herpes who opened up about their disease despite being embarrassed.

The herpes simplex virus causes herpes. It affects the mouth and genital area and causes sores or blisters to form.

Types of Herpes

  • HSV-1 causes oral herpes and affects the area surrounding the mouth.
  • HSV-2 causes genital herpes and affects the genital areas.

The herpes infection cannot be treated. Once someone is infected with the herpes simplex virus, they will carry it for the rest of their life.

There are some treatments available for suppressing the symptoms and reduce the occurrence of symptoms but there is no cure for herpes.

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Symptoms of Herpes

Symptoms of herpes are slightly different for HSV-1 and HSV-2. Symptoms develop after 2-20 days of herpes infection.

Symptoms of Oral Herpes

  • Blisters and/or sores in or around the mouth and lips
  • Blisters and sores may present in the tongue or everywhere on the face
  • The sores last about 14-21 days in each appearance.

Genital Herpes

  • Sores and blisters appear on the groin, private parts and other genital areas
  • It causes pain during urination or genital discharge
  • The pain may last for 2-6 weeks

The frequency of occurring and severity of genital herpes reduces over time.

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Causes of Herpes

It’s a sexually transmitted disease. The cause of herpes include;

  • Having sexual intercourse without proper protection such as a condom
  • Sharing sexual toys
  • Having oral or genital contact with the person infected with herpes.


Home Treatment

The home remedies for ease the pain may include;

  • Applying cornstarch in the affected areas
  • Applying water to the affected area during urination to ease the pain
  • Applying aloe vera gel to the sores may relieve the pain
  • OTC pain medications
  • Bathing in salted water
  • Applying petroleum jelly in the affected areas
  • Wearing comfortable clothing to avoid irritation

There is no proper evidence of these home remedies working or side effects.

You should consult with your doctor and start following his prescription and instructions.

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Prescription Treatment

The herpes infection cannot be treated. However, the doctor may prescribe you certain antiviral medications to prevent the multiplication of the virus.

The doctor may also prescribe pain medications.

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Top 10 Celebrities With Herpes

Herpes infection is widespread. According to World Health Organization (WHO), 67% of the world population is infected by oral herpes, and 11% is infected by genital herpes.

The celebrities with herpes are discussed below. 

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1. Tony Bennett

Tony Bennett is an American pop singer and famous for being in big bands and shows.

Celebrities with herpes - Tony Bennett
Celebrities with herpes – Tony Bennett

He was born in 1926. In 1986 a woman named Linda Feldman claimed that he transmitted herpes to her.

Tony filed a case against the woman on defamation. Some newspapers reported about the woman, and she was genuinely infected with herpes and had sexual relations with Tony Bennet.

2. Derek Jeter

Derek Jeter is a baseball player and is also known as an actor and athlete. He was born in 1974 in New Jersey.

Celebrities with herpes - Derek Jeter
Celebrities with herpes – Derek Jeter

He was one of the men behind the Hollywood herpes outbreak. He spread herpes to Scarlett Johansson, Jessica Biel, Jessica Alba, Mariah Carey, and Vanessa Minnillo.

He was a handsome athlete and had some celebrities girlfriends.

Derek Jeter is now the CEO of Miami Marlins in Major League Baseball (MLB).

3. Robin Williams

Robin Williams is an actor, director, producer, writer, and standup comedian. He was born in 1951 in Chicago.

Celebrities with herpes - Robin Williams
Celebrities with herpes – Robin Williams

In 1980 a woman claimed that he was infected with herpes and spreading it by an extramarital affair.

Robin Williams is considered one of the best comedians of all time. His starring films include;

  • Popeye (1980)
  • The World According to Garp (1982)
  • Moscow on the Hudson (1984)
  • Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)
  • Dead Poets Society (1989)
  • Awakenings (1990)
  • The Fisher King (1991)
  • Patch Adams (1998)
  • One Hour Photo (2002)
  • World’s Greatest Dad (2009)
  • Hook (1991)
  • Aladdin (1992)
  • Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)
  • Jumanji (1995)
  • The Birdcage (1996)
  • Good Will Hunting (1997)
  • Night at the Museum trilogy

He was nominated four times for the Academy Awards and won it as a best-supporting actor for Good Will Hunting. He also won so many other prestigious awards. 

Robin Williams died in 2014 at the age of 63. 

4. David Hasselhoff

David Hasselhoff is an actor, producer, and businessman. He was born in 1952 in Baltimore, Maryland.

Celebrities with herpes - David Hasselhoff
Celebrities with herpes – David Hasselhoff

He is also known as “The Hoff”.

His ex-wife claimed that he transmitted the herpes virus to her. Still, they were respectful to each other.

He got recognition by acting in The young and the restless(1975-1982).

He also worked as America’s got talent and Britain’s got talent tv show.

5. Michael Vick

Michael Vick is an American football player. He was born in 1980 in Virginia.

Celebrities with herpes - Michael Vick
Celebrities with herpes – Michael Vick

His ex-girlfriend also accused him of transmitting herpes to her.

Michael Vick played in National Football League (NFL) for 13 seasons. He is now a free agent because of few complications.

6. Paris Hilton

Paris Hilton is a tv personality, model, actress, singer, and author. She was born in 1981 in New York.

Celebrities with herpes - Paris Hilton
Celebrities with herpes – Paris Hilton

It’s not sure that she’s infected with herpes or not. However, it’s been in the news that herpes treatment medications were found on her locker.

She’s a great entertainer and actress. Her book Confessions of an Heiress became New York Bestseller.

7. Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian is an American tv personal. She was born in 1980 in California.

Celebrities with herpes – Kim Kardashian

Once, she posted a photo with sores around her lips that indicates the symptoms of herpes. It’s been assumed that her husband infected her.

She’s a friend of Paris Hilton. She’s famous for her tv reality show Keeping Up with the Kardashians.

She has more than 250 million followers on Instagram.

8. Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett Johansson is an American actress, model, and singer. She was born in 1984 in Manhattan.

Celebrities with herpes - Scarlett Johansson
Celebrities with herpes – Scarlett Johansson

She is the world’s highest-paid actress. Her movies earned more than 14 billion worldwide.

She was infected with herpes. It’s assumed that Derek Jeter infects her.

According to recent news, she is cured of this disease’s symptoms.

Note: herpes cannot be treated, but the symptoms can be reduced.

She’s famous for portraying Black Widow in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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9. David Beckham

David Beckham is a former English footballer. He was born in 1975 in London.

Celebrities with herpes – David Beckham

He and his wife are suspected of having herpes. It is assumed that he got infected by his wife.

David Beckham was a fantastic footballer. He scored 65 goals just from free-kicks.

He played for Manchester United, Real Madrid, AC Milan, and some other big clubs. 

10. Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson was an American pop singer and dancer. He was born in 1958 in Indiana.

Celebrities with herpes - Michael Jackson
Celebrities with herpes – Michael Jackson

He was accused of transmitting herpes to a woman he had a sexual relationship.

Michael Jackson is known for his unique style of dance and songs.

After all of these years, people still follow him and get inspired by him.

He died in 2009 at the age of 50. 


Celebrities with Cold Sores

Cold sores are a group of viruses that causes outbreaks of lesions on the skin. They are caused by a type of virus called herpes simplex virus and they are spread by direct contact with the blood or other body fluids.

Celebrities with cold sores means the celebrities who are affected by the herpes simplex virus.


Living With Herpes

Living with herpes is not easy. You may experience some symptoms such as pain, itching, rashes, and blisters.

When you have STDs, people often do not support you and judge you for your disease or condition. One has to be mentally strong enough to face these situations.

Often herpes leads to some complications such as;

  • Newborn infections in case of conception
  • Urinary bladder problem
  • Meningitis
  • Rectal inflammation


Herpes virus can affect anyone. It’s transmitted by oral or genital contact. Maintaining a sexual relationship with a single partner is the best way to prevent it.

Genital herpes (HSV-2) shows more symptoms than oral herpes (HSV-1).

There are many celebrities with herpes doing their job fantastically. No disease can stop a person.

If you are infected with herpes, don’t be hopeless. Though herpes is incurable, the symptoms can be reduced.

Consult with your doctor, and do not try any medication all by yourself.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Why there is no cure for herpes?

Herpes simplex virus is a complicated type of virus with various presentations. It can stay hidden (latent) for years without producing any signs or symptoms.
Some types of herpes simplex virus are more dangerous than others and even related to Cervical cancers such as HSV type 16, and HSV type 18.

Can you recover from Herpes?

Although, one cannot totally be cured of Herpes as it stays hidden and flares up with signs and symptoms often. But the presenting symptoms can be cured and the affected person may live quite a normal life.

What perfect of the population has herpes?

The rate of herpes is decreasing day by day. The prevalence of herpes was 18% in the USA a few years back. Now it’s around 12%.

How far off is a cure for Herpes?

There is not enough data or evidence to tell even an approximate timeframe for herpes cure treatment or vaccination. It may take a long time or someone may come up with some idea soon.

Can herpes spread via bath water?

No, Herpes is a sexually transmitted disease. It does not spread via bath water.

Last Updated on December 18, 2022 by Learn From Doctor Team

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