Herpes is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases and can infect the lips, or worse, the genitals. But what exactly is herpes and how can it be identified? Well, oral herpes supposedly infects between 50 and 80% of the adult population! The more mild version of this disease entails cold sores or fever blisters on or around the lips. They may be very small, but they can also be painful and may disappear in as little as 3 days or last for longer periods of time. Sexual interactions or even just kissing can easily distribute the herpes virus from one person to another, so it can spread very easily. That is why so many people have been infected by it!
As for genital herpes, this one is a sexually transmitted disease that currently has no cure. Even so, with the right treatment and a careful, healthy lifestyle, it can be easily treated and managed. Flu-like symptoms and sores on one’s genitals are tell-tale signs of this form of herpes. And even though it can be easily handled, it is super easy to spread, especially if you are practicing unprotected sex. In fact, some 500,000 people are diagnosed with this infection each year in the United States alone.
So, enough with the gross part of all of this. Let’s get to our list of 14 Hollywood Celebrities Who Are Rumored To Have Contracted Herpes. While nothing may be set in stone for these celebs, the odds are that they have contracted either oral or genital herpes.
14. Jessica Alba
She dated Derek Jeter back in the day, who is said to have given herpes to her. Way to go, dude. Jessica Alba is one of the most gorgeous females on the entire planet, not just in Hollywood, so for her to have been infected by her ex-boyfriend sucks. Oh well, she has still managed to always looks absolutely beautiful and she has two healthy and lovely children, so we would say that she is doing quite well for herself. She was even spotted looking happy and lovey-dovey with her beau, Cash Warren, in Aspen. Looks like she’s the one hitting home runs!
13. Britney Spears
We all know by now that Britney has had quite a journey. She has managed to overcome a lot of stuff, from her marriage to Kevin Federline, her dismal drop in her singing career (and then her rebound!) and her mental breakdown. Well, her hair has grown back, her vocals are hot again, and her body is slamming. Britney is back, everyone! Even so, she might have struggled with herpes in the past. Brit Brit was seen purchasing some Zovirax from a 7-Eleven. Was it for her? Probably. Do we care? No way! We will continue to support Britney forever.
12. Pamela Anderson
We do know that actress Pamela Anderson was diagnosed with Hepatitis C, and her sexual partner Tommy Lee was infected with the virus as well. So what are the odds that she also has herpes? Who knows? While Pam has recently stated that she is now free from Hepatitis C, we don’t know what other health concerns she could be dealing with. While he sincerely hope that she is okay, you just can never really be sure in Hollywood, can you? With her looks and history of being a total beach babe, she is a celeb we just have to put on our list.
11. Steven Tyler
If you didn’t already know, Aerosmith rocker Steven Tyler is one of the biggest musicians of all time, and no stranger to partying. As a result, we wouldn’t put it past him to have had quite a number of sexual experiences throughout his lifetime. With his fame and his party-rocking lifestyle, it was no surprise when we learned that he had contract Hepatitis C. I guess that is what happens when you sleep with your groupies! Given his wild-child ways, we are pretty sure that Steven Tyler has herpes. Does that make us find him any less intriguing? No way! This aging rocker is always putting a smile on our face, even if some of his antics also leave us scratching our heads.
10. Scarlett Johansson
What? The gorgeous, seemingly perfect Scarlett Johansson might have herpes? Say it ain’t so! Scarlett is said to have contracted herpes from professional baseball player Derek Jeter. Hm, where have we heard that before? If you ask us, Scarlett always looks so beautiful and radiant, without a single flaw, so it just seems scary to think that she had contracted herpes. Men. You just can’t trust them. Especially if they are professional Major League Baseball players who have dated loads of women. At least she is happily married now!
9. Paris Hilton
Oh, Paris Hilton. We wonder if she saw someone with herpes and thought “that’s hot, I need that, too.” Whatever happened, the hotel heiress was spotted with a prescription pill bottle of Valtrex, also known as the herpes medication. Coincidence? We think not! Paris probably found herself at some D-list Hollywood party, had a spiked drink, and ended up contracting herpes from some sleazy dude in the corner of the room. Poor Paris. If she only had a brain. It’s a good thing she has enough money to practically buy herself a new pair of lips. We jest, of course.
RiRi and her abusive ex-boyfriend Chris Brown have both been spotted with nasty lip infections and scars. We already know a lot of disturbing things about the Rihanna – Chris Brown relationship saga. She was being assaulted by him, he had intense anger issues. The whole thing was a mess. Something that managed to slip off our radar was the fact that both Rihanna and Chris Brown had exhibited signs of the herpes infection. Well, that has got to suck. You break up with your no-good boyfriend only to find out you were left with herpes! We hope this isn’t true.
7. Victoria Beckham
This one is totally a prediction, but with her hubby…who knows? David Beckham is another celeb who is said to have contracted herpes, and since he is married to Victoria and they have 4 children together, it could very well be that they are both infected with the virus. As for David, he has so many adoring fans that maybe he got a kiss from a stranger in the crowd and that’s how he ended up with the disease. Of course, Victoria is super-popular as well, and it could have been her who ended up contracting it. Who really knows about this one?
6. Jessica Biel
Once again we owe a round of applause to Derek Jeter! Poor Jessica Biel is said to have gotten the nasty herpes virus from her ex-boyfriend Derek Jeter. We would think by now that any girl who gets near Jeter would have her guard up. We are going to have to start doing serious herpes background checks on celebrities or something! And the worst part is that Jessica’s husband, Justin Timberlake, is said to have contracted herpes as well! The horror! Even so, Jessica and Justin continue to be a stunning power couple in Hollywood. We just hope that their gorgeous baby stays safe and healthy.
5. Brad Pitt
The word on the street is that actor and humanitarian Brad Pitt contracted the herpes virus a long time ago. This was way back, like, before he even dated Jennifer Aniston. But with his background as a charitable man, we can see Brad getting herpes nowadays. After all, he spends a lot of his time traveling around the world, going to Third World countries, which no doubt have some people with herpes and other contracted diseases. But, the jury is still out on just when Brad may have gotten herpes. Our question is: does this mean Angelina has it too?
4. Liza Minelli
It turns out that Liza Minelli apparently contracted herpes and then did not tell her husband about it. What the what? How could you do such a thing? Well, just ask Derek Jeter, we suppose! Anyway, the aging actress was said to have held out on telling her ex-spouse, David Gest. We guess that he got a pretty big shock when he found out. In fact, all of this info came about as Liza and David were going through a pretty bad divorce. In a series of court appearances, a lawsuit was what brought out the news that Liza had probably given herpes to David.
3. Mariah Carey
Oh man, again with Derek Jeter! Seriously, bro? What is the matter with you? You are like a lean, mean, herpes-sharing machine! Anyway, the lovely as ever Mariah Carey was said to have been infected by the pro baseball player, just like so many other wonderful female celebrities. If she had herpes, then the odds are that Nick Cannon could very well have contracted the disease as well. We all know that Mariah and Nick have been very civil and kind about their divorce, but we are actually really curious right now as to whether this was discussed between those two.
2. Janet Jackson
With Janet Jackson belonging to the Jackson clan, it was almost a given that she would have some sort of health scare. And so it was with her supposed herpes infection. You see, she was reportedly taking medications for the herpes virus, but her own chef accused her of purchasing herpes medication under his name. Dramatic much? We can totally understand Janet wanting to keep that kind of personal information under wraps. Who would want to broadcast their herpes to the whole wide world? Still, it wasn’t very cool of her to just sort of throw her chef under the bus.
1. Alyssa Milano
Ugh, we are getting tired of hearing about all of the people that Derek Jeter supposedly infected with the herpes virus. We know for sure that he had herpes, but as for his romantic partners, that’s a different story. Even so, rumor has it that actress Alyssa Milano was yet another celeb who was a victim of Jeter’s gross herpes virus. We are really glad that she seems to be healthy and happy now. While her acting career may not be as hot right now, she is still a smoking hot mama!