Last week, a 2012 bombshell lawsuit settlement revealed that Usher settled with an unnamed stylist after allegedly failing to disclose that he had herpes before engaging in unprotected sex with the woman — and now, new women are coming forward hoping the “Yeah!” singer makes it right. High power LA attorney Lisa Bloom (who is famously representing Blac Chyna in her revenge porn saga with Rob Kardashian) took to Twitter to reveal that more women have sought her out for legal advice.
“How much unprotected sex did Usher have after his herpes diagnosis? Women are reaching out to me. How dare he endanger women’s health? It’s also a violation of criminal law in many states to have unprotected sex without disclosure of your STD. As it should be,” she tweeted. “Endangering women’s health by having unprotected sex with herpes? Three women have now reached out to me about Usher. Stay tuned.”
As In Touch previously reported, the unnamed victim felt that the diagnosis had a seriously detrimental effect on her life and wellbeing — both physically and mentally. In the lawsuit, her legal team explained, “Getting infected with genital herpes from Raymond has devastated [name redacted]. She feels that her health and body have been ruined. From the day she was infected continuing to the present, [she] has suffered severe emotional distress and has been extremely depressed. In May 2012, she cried all the time and did not want to leave her house.”
According to the Center for Disease Control, one out of every six Americans aged 14 to 49 is living with genital herpes. In Touch spoke exclusively with board-certified dermatologist Dr. Janet Prystowsky about the best way to protect yourself against she highly contagious disease — and reminded readers that not even condoms guarantee protection.
“Even if your partner does not have active lesions — i.e. blisters, crusts, etc. — they may still shed live virus through their saliva or secretions,” she told In Touch exclusively. “While risk of transmission of the infection is lower when there are no active lesions, it is not zero. Condoms can help but are not a guaranteed protection since herpes lesions can often be outside of a condom’s area of protect. To ensure that you do not become infected with herpes, ask your partner about their sexual history and STD status. If your partner has herpes (oral or genital), and you want to be extra cautious speak to your doctor about taking an oral antiviral when you are likely to be at risk.”