Jessica Alba caught herpes from an ex-boyfriend, it has been claimed.
The 'Fantastic Four' star - recently voted FHM's Sexiest Woman Alive 2007 - previously dated New York Yankees baseball star Derek Jeter and during their relationship she allegedly contracted the sexually transmitted disease.
A source who worked as Jessica's assistant at the time claims they had to replenish her Valtrex prescription - a treatment for genital herpes - on a regular basis, according to website L.A. Rag Mag.
Jeter has also dated Mariah Carey, Vanessa Minnillo and most recently Justin Timberlake's new girlfriend Jessica Biel.
Seventy per cent of herpes spreading is said to happen when there is no sign of infection, according to a US STD awareness campaign.
Jessica, 26, recently split from lover Cash Warren because he wouldn't marry her.
The 'Sin City' actress, who reportedly called time on their two-and-a-half year romance during an emotional telephone conversation last month, grew tired of waiting for the movie producer to propose.
A source said: "He wasn't ready for marriage, and Jessica is. It's as simple as that. It's kind of cold that people are saying she has just finished with him, because it isn't like that."
The pair met on the set of the first 'Fantastic Four' film in 2005, in which Jessica starred and Cash worked as a director's assistant.
Okay I don't think this is true but I keep seeing all over the net that Jessica contracted genital herpes from her ex Derek Jeter! She even has to take Valtrex daily. And Jessica Biel might have it too. I dunno where he coulda got it but has she or he confirmed anything or is this just some random widespread rumor?
Herpes is pretty common, and it isn't as big a deal as people make it out to be. I think something like 60% of the population has herpes 1, and don't even know it. Herpes 2, which is the STD can be contracted by people with herpes 1 during oral sex, and vice versus. You can have it for a long time and not even know it as it lies dormant in your system, usually only showing signs of an outbreak during periods of extreme stress, or sometimes just randomly. Supposedly it's hard to get it to show up on a test.
Oh, and condom's generally do protect from herpes 2. Problem is, people don't consider that you can get it from oral sex too.