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An astronaut's least worries should be dormant viruses like herpes flaring up when they go into space on board the Space Station or Space Shuttle. But NASA research has found astronauts are not free from infectious viruses in space.

Before they are accepted into the space program, astronaut candidates are thoroughly tested for garden variety STDs to ensure they are medically fit for space travel 17,500 miles above earth.

"NASA astronauts endure weeks or even months exposed to microgravity and cosmic radiation," Dr. Satish K. Mehta said in a news release Friday in Frontiers in Microbiology.

"This physical challenge is compounded by more familiar stressors like social separation, confinement and an altered sleep-wake cycle," he added.

Mehta and his research colleagues analyzed saliva, blood and urine samples from astronauts before, during and after spaceflight.

The research shows the highest levels of genital and oral herpes viral shedding in urine and saliva during spaceflight.

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The viruses detected after flight include oral and genital herpes, chickenpox and shingles, which remain in nerve cells their entire lives.

"During spaceflight there is a rise in secretion of stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline, which are known to suppress the immune system," Mehta said. He added that astronaut's immune cells are less effective during spaceflight.

Mehta said 53 percent of astronauts on shorter space shuttle flights and 61 percent of astronauts on longer International Space Station missions had traces of herpes viruses in their saliva or urine samples during spaceflights.

These rates are higher in frequency and quantity than in samples tested before and after spaceflights.

Though the findings don't jeopardize current short space flights, longer missions, such as a mission to Mars, could be impacted by the potential of herpes flare ups.

"The magnitude, frequency and duration of viral shedding [flare ups] all increase with length of spaceflight," Mehta said.

Mehta also said vaccination for astronauts show little promise, so the present focus is on developing targeted treatment regimens for astronauts suffering from herpes flare ups during spaceflight.

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  • Gamer?? Chick

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  • Chicagowise

    Herpes in outer space. Sounds like an interesting movie.

  • gellie

    Yuck.

  • luVn_liFe…
  • CookieMobster

    Space herpes sounds like something these high a$$ rappers are infecting thots with. IJS

  • Rayscoty

    So they think Robert (RKelly) been out there?

  • Soda

    Why are they going to Mars anyway? It looks so dry and boring and the skyline sucks. Martians don't @ me.

  • Anunnaki, in A twilight Zone

    Lololol, martians

  • Ni Ni

    Ikr, just one big ole desert.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Crazy. The government can spend all these billions of dollars to send people to Mars, but doesn't want to spend the money that would give us good national healthcare.

  • ShadesofEMPRESS

    They ass backwards

  • dontgetblocked

    When are these space flights happening. I thought all that stopped years ago.

  • KcoolMuziq

    The R has NEVER released ANY medical records to verify that.

  • abby500

    Herpes is like cockroaches

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Cockroaches only come around when the environment is dirty or unsanitary ???

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs
  • KcoolMuziq

    Ushers medical records were not made public. So it’s all heresay.

  • Queen B

    lol funny but false

  • Coy little wink

    Biggums doesn't have it...

  • Renee26

    Ewww... Well at least their partners on earth will be far away while they experience the breakouts

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    So we gon end the night like this huh

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    Well DAYUM... LMBAO!!!

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    Or your neighbor bring them.

  • Renee26

    LMAO some Future type ish you say??

  • Renee26

    ?

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    It’s stupid and unless. We still gon die and that’s it folks!

  • Dakota H

    I know people who have had clean houses and still have roaches so that statement isn’t necessarily true lol. All it takes is for a person to bring one and then it starts regardless if your place is dirty or clean

  • Meme

    Apparently one of Obamas advisors has taken their own life. Is it just me or has there been a spike in suicides. It's just so awful may be rest in peace

  • WhoKnew

    Stress is ever increasing and the ability to copy with it is decreasing. Very sad when a person gives up.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    I read about that earlier. There is a sharp rise in suicides thanks to social media. One third of all children seen in emergency rooms in 2018 were treated for suicide attempts. One third.

  • WhoKnew

    You're right. Me and my granddaughter went to a hair salon to get our hair braided a couple of weeks ago and the salon was spotless and clean but as I was sitting in the chair a cocka roach came crawling from behind the counter where the cash register was. Guess that MoFo was trynna make a withdrawal. I don't have roaches so I knew that joker did not come in with me and I promptly stumped that ninja when he got close enough because I said I didn't bring you in with me and you ain't going out with me.

  • WhoKnew

    Right. Like do they make it back to earth at the end of the movie or do they get eaten by a big herpes pimple.

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com Ms.Devereaux

    I just read that earlier too auntie it’s sad

  • Meme

    One third that is just too scary, i seriously cannot understand just this weekend a young man (reality star) killed himself (Mike Thalassitis) and you just wonder wtf is it all about. Man i'm always saying dont just look out for the people who seem down, watch out for the' smiley' ones too or the ones that seem ' outwardly happy or content'. I pray for people who are suicidal (i hope help comes to them) ,those who carry it through and the family and friends they leave behind, its just so tragic

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    I wrote my 10 posts for the day. I wish I could do more. ?

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com Ms.Devereaux

    Whenever I read that it said something about him being a professor at Princeton or something the thought crossed my mind like was he afraid something was about to come down the pipeline with this college scandal or was he suffering from depression it’s sad

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    I'm surprised they let people into the space program with STDs. I guess NASA lowered their standards.

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com Ms.Devereaux

    Why 10? Is that a goal you set or something you have to do?

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com Ms.Devereaux

    Bye auntie

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com Ms.Devereaux

    ??????

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    10 is a lot for a blog run by one person.

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com Ms.Devereaux

    ??

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com Ms.Devereaux

    Spaceage

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com Ms.Devereaux

    ?? you cutting tf up today

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com Ms.Devereaux

    It is I was just wondering if that’s a quota or something you have to do for advertisers. Either way I ain’t complaining ????? Just don’t sell like the others did

  • Meme

    Oooooo possible

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    I just prefer to write 10 posts since I set the blog to show 10 posts. I used to write 6-8 posts a day.

  • Meme

    You know when its said that people who kill themselves are mentally ill, i have disagreed with this blanket statement not everyone who does suicide is mentally ill. I have made this statement before and someone explained very eloquently why people who take this option are mentally ill, but i forgot what their reasoning was although it made a lot of sense at the time

  • http://welfareinfo.org angrysolo

    that was my first thought as wail, you’d think they’d want only folks with the tip top notch bill of health

  • tintin

    That picture though. Yuck i would hide if that was on my lip

    I wonder if the astronauts have sex up there in the rocket ship?

  • tintin

    ?????

  • Ms..N

    loohttps://media2.giphy.com/media/5yaou1jFxTV6M/giphy.gifThe look when your coworker flaring! !

  • Alextra Ballard

    Nothing....I mean what can yew say?

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    You are right because I have a friend who lives with her mom and her mom said that she didnt start seeing roaches UNTIL her daughter’s baby’s father moved in. She said he unpacked them when he brought his clothes over.. Chile...

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5e22f592729983158ec3868ee3a0b24dbfaa5b19a4f9e3d3fea1cb4b9a033f03.gif

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  • Alextra Ballard

    Ni dass fvckedT up....they in a tite sealed capsule,in close quarters and they having herpes flare ups. They should not be allowed to travel in outta space with a communicable disease...eeeeyuks

  • Rayne

    I just wanna peel his lip. That looks disgusting!

  • Meme

    She said he unpacked them when he brought his clothes over.. ??

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Over 53% of NASA's astronauts have herpes. That's ridiculous. Do better, NASA. ?

  • Topic Influencer

    That hoe who was riding around in a shitty diaper probably patient zero

  • ClaireHuxtable

    I guess if you have an out break up there you've just got to wait until they can send some Abreva up on the next shuttle.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    The cat wasn't fighting. He seemed to like it.

  • Malificent

    Yes we are not raising our kids to be tough we are raising them to be sensitive.

  • Malificent

    They couldn’t pay me enough money to risk my life to go into space.

  • pure_rachet

    We appreciate you!

  • the guest

    Why has this happened?

  • Yup, I said it

    I wanna dip it in rubbing alcohol.

  • Yup, I said it

    That why is keeps cedar wood all my house and spray peppermint oil like its going out of style. I don't have time for it.

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    Oh Sandra! We don’t want to end the day with people going to bed thinking to hard lol

  • Marlika

    Geez ?????

  • Coffee1st

    ?????

  • Coffee1st

    This whole comment is hilarious ??

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    LOL.

    I am guessing that STD's are on the bottom of the lists of qualifications.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    WK: Guess that MoFo was trynna make a withdrawal.

    *dead*

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    Ok is that a crime? Just a disease. It doesn’t make u a bad person. Y the shade Sandra? U said do better and I don’t see how they not

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    Thanks! I’m just trying to stay positive if u don nothing wrong.

  • Meme

    Does this affect you babe? Whichever side you're on i send prayers love and light to you please do stay positive,as I said before we all need a prayer. A friend of mine died in this manner and the guilt i carry to this day i shall carry for the rest of my life because I had walked away from her and her problems a couple of years before.

  • Cali

    I love your scientific posts because I find out ish here that normally I'd never know, wow!

  • Cali

    "Before they are accepted into the space program, astronaut candidates are thoroughly tested for garden variety STDs to ensure they are medically fit for space travel 17,500 miles above earth...NASA astronauts endure weeks or even months exposed to microgravity and cosmic radiation," Dr. Satish K. Mehta said in a news release Friday in Frontiers in Microbiology.*The viruses detected after flight include oral and genital herpes, chickenpox and shingles, which remain in nerve cells their entire lives.*

    So what can NASA possibly do as the Astronauts too probably never knew they had Herpes at all? This is crazy and scary. Herpes is truly forever I guess, jeez.

  • Musiclover

    My dear sir or madam, Don’t carry that emotional pain you are not ,was not resondsible for your friend’s decision. Whatever you said to them wether the truth or something in anger, you had nothing to do with their final decision don’t allow that weight , that false burden to bring you down. You live and thank God you got another chance to get it right with your soul, get it right with Jesus. Suicide is a Permanent solution to a temporary problem . Their is life after death, choose everlasting life with Jesus.

  • Meme

    Thank you very much what very beautiful and very kind words

  • WhoKnew

    I agree that "mental illness" as a reason for suicide is a blanket statement. I definitely do not believe all people who commit suicide are mentally ill. I have never heard of depression being a mental illness. I have never heard of a person fearing prison being mentally ill because of a crime that has yet to be uncovered and they know that when it is uncovered prison awaits. IJS.

  • WhoKnew

    LOL.

  • Luv Pitties

    I remember some years ago I used to be interested in clinical studies. One of these studies was conducted by NASA they were asking for those with herpes to participate and I believe the patients would be in an induced sleep for months at a time so they can study the viral behavior in a sleep/sterile environment. The ad stressed there would be zero communication with anyone outside of the lab.

  • free

    i guess they think the herpes is going to morph into a lifeform and kill everbody. i think the lesson to be learned here is to wash your damn hands and wear shower slippers.

  • Trace da Ace

    lmbao...damn I almost forgot about her crazy ass....didnt she do that to drive to FL or wherever to kill her boyfriend or some twisted shit like that???

  • Trace da Ace

    gross....

  • MrsToddSmith1

    These people are sucking and fukcing up there. About stress, code words!!!

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Lmao ???

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    In other NOT NEW news... Why do some women like to bleach their skin? I understand if you have a blemish and need to have it blend into your skin but not your whole body like Michael ?Jackson!

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-6824553/Love-Hip-Hop-Atlanta-clip-shows-critique-Spices-appearance-prompted-shocking-white-face-photo.html

  • rory

    Nasty

  • Indies beauty

    That does appear cray but Spice adressed it last year. She said she pulled the stunt to show hypocrisy in the music industry. She was in Orlando last weekend for Caribbean Fest and she was chocolatey.

  • Yup, I said it

    She is blaming skin color but its not the skin color. Its the fact the she is unattractive in general. When she bleached she looked like Keyara Stone ( Gunplays girlfriend) and she ain't cute neither. Amara is dark skinned and her career is popping. Veronica Vega is white and career is dust. For Spice to blame complexion as a hindrance is an insult to dark people. Its not your complexion that's holding you back, Spice , its because you ain't cute.

  • Yup, I said it

    She is blaming skin color but its not the skin color. Its the fact the she is unattractive in general. When she bleached she looked like Keyara Stone ( Gunplays girlfriend) and she ain't cute neither. Amara is dark skinned and her career is popping. Veronica Vega is white and career is dust. For Spice to blame complexion as a hindrance is an insult to dark people. Its not your complexion that's holding you back, Spice , its because you ain't cute.

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    It is so sad because A TON of Jamaican women feel just like how Spice feels and are raised to praise light skin rather than dark skin?

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    It is so sad because A TON of Jamaican women feel just like how Spice feels and are raised to praise light skin rather than dark skin?

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Oh ok. I was hoping she wasnt going BAT $HIT crazy and putting clorox splashless bleach in her bath water?

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Oh ok. I was hoping she wasnt going BAT $HIT crazy and putting clorox splashless bleach in her bath water?

  • WinterIsComing

    They end up looking gray like a blob fish.

  • WinterIsComing

    They end up looking gray like a blob fish.

  • sunni_daze

    I wonder how clean Cpt. Kirk was, my man was smashing all the alien chicks.

  • The Chosen 1.

    lmfao. you are crazy as hell.

  • NewNew
  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920
  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920
  • NewNew

    Well this is surprising

  • Faithz

    As if there isn't enough to worry about here on Earth, and then get this added attraction is a bit to much.

  • Topic Influencer

    Yes and he was with ANOTHER astronaut. And she had been married to an astronaut. they all fukkin each other seems like from that case.

  • Rayne

    ?

  • Coy little wink

    No

  • free

    right, i think little kids are not being socialized enough. back in the day we all played together in larger groups outside on the block (no longer safe), on the school yard (some schools don't even have PE), and we had to deal with a lot of kids and family (cousins) in terms of arguing and fighting and learning how to let things go, or get johned on, and hold stuff in, lil cliques, etc. these kids are not going through that on a regular basis so they are not learning the skills and getting the mental toughness they need.

  • hottlanta

    Sandy said garden variety std. God l miss the good ole days if u got a std u get a free shot in your azz wait 2 weeks 2 have sex n u was good 2 go. Not that l know anything about that. That is what l heard. Now u got green slimy stuff oozing out your azz legs get paralzed n u lose your voice cant talk or nothing for 2 months.

  • Ayeola George

    I did a course on Dancehall and society while I studied Communications at the University of the West Indies (UWI) in Jamaica and many of the persons who bleach are quite aware of their 'blackness' and their connection to Africa, however in Jamaican society upward mobility 'seems' easier for those who are of fair complexion. So for some (not all) of those who bleach, its not a denial of their black heritage but rather a means to get to a higher economic plateau... .of course yes you have those who bleach to 'step inna di video light' and impress man and make other women 'red eye' (jealous)... I just wanted to add this other dimension to the discussion.

  • Ayeola George

    no... just pr stunt .. and it worked :-)

  • MJF

    I find that you guys talk about herpes a lot. Not sure why.

  • Jordan’s Memory

    That's got to be petty cool to fyck in space minus the std's. Its bringing a whole new level of the mile high club. lol

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920
  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Sure did ?

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Very Interesting! Is this mostly present with those who are inspiring to make it big in the music industry?

    Vybz Kartel was doing FINE in the industry so what made him do this https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/fa29017cc40a2f8a72aea46cd071cc020e31821e4ed4b773fb2bf90a4dd9ceab.jpg
    To himself? Mental illness or the Ganja?

  • Renee26

    Well Auntie, every time you post about herpes 89% of the commenters say herpes is common and nothing to be alarmed about... Maybe the NASA folks feel the same ?

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs
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  • Trace da Ace

    yeah...she prolly IS patient zero.....smdh

  • Fred G sanford

    Astronauts wit herpes...just when I thought I heard it all

  • The Chosen 1.

    Lmfao. You call those traveling roaches.

  • Sassie

    LOL

  • Sassie

    U know about that, LOL......I know I do......I was a mess as a teen...but thank God I was brought up in a different era before all this crazy deadly shit came about.....

  • Sassie

    LOL...he had foreign herpes...a totally different strain, LOL

  • sunni_daze

    HSV-ALIEN

  • Logan Roberts

    Usher would fit right in with NASA.

  • Musiclover

    You’re welcome.

  • TheOwley

    Just eww.

  • RealATLPeach36

    I’m not sure what to say on this shyt.

    I mean maybe their smart enough to go to space but dumb enough not to kiss, suck and or lick ? Nasty azz people?????

    This is weird man just damn weird maybe even tmi

  • RealATLPeach36

    Lmao my my my

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