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Coachella Had A Massive Outbreak Of Herpes And We Can Totally Guess Why

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The 2019 Coachella Music and Arts festival was one for the books… though maybe not in a way festival goers intended.

The talent was incredible, the fashion was cutting edge, the artistry was iconic…

And the herpes outbreak was massive.

Yeah, that last part might be a bit of a problem.

HerpAlert is a digital herpes diagnostic and help center that sees an average of about twelve patients per day. The app allows users to upload images of the area of concern and a medical professional will review them and provide advice as well as medications when needed.

As soon as the first day of the Coachella music festival, the average of twelve cases began to skyrocket. By day two, the app had logged almost ten times the herpes cases it normally sees.

Now that the festival is over, the area surrounding it (Coachella Valley, Indio, Palm Desert, Los Angeles, San Diego and Orange County) have all seen very noticeable rises in cases of herpes.

The app itself has logged over 1,100 cases over a time period where it would normally see well under 200. That’s over a 400% increase in herpes cases since the Coachella music festival got to the area this year.

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So look, herpes isn’t that uncommon, and it’s pretty easily treatable nowadays so there’s no real need to panic. Just see your doctor as soon as you suspect something might be up.

Many local clinics and organizations like Planned Parenthood will see suspected STD cases at low cost or on a sliding pay scale. Planned Parenthood would also like to remind you that herpes cannot be contracted by sharing food or drinks, only by direct skin to skin contact and sexual activity.

It’s also important to keep in mind that the symptoms of herpes may not show up right away, so it’s quite possible that a significant number of people showed up at Coachella already having herpes and not realizing it.

Twitter has gotten wind of the herpes outbreak and is having a field day with it.

So … yeah… play safe out there, folks.


Written by Erica Diaz

Erica is the consummate cool-kid. She’s so cool that she’s been talked about in magazines, on blogs and on the radio after losing her left eye because of a piece of glitter. She is still actively mourning the passing of Prince and hopes to one day do an all-iguana remake of Graffiti Bridge since iguanas are plentiful near her home in South Florida. She has yet to find one that can really nail the “ahhhyayayeaheaheah” that Tevin Campbell does in Round and Round, and everyone knows the music is the important part of any Prince film. She’s a mother, singer, writer and (if the internet is to be believed - which we all know it is) a Nigerian socialite mid-ranking member of the Illuminati. She prides herself on being the most popular one-eyed rock star under 5 ft tall in pretty much any room she walks into.