Percentage of people living with herpes

Results of a nationally representative study show that genital herpes infection is common in the United States. Nationwide, at least 45 million people ages 12 and older, or one out of five adolescents and adults, have had genital HSV infection. Between the late 1970s and the early 1990s, the number of Americans with genital herpes infection increased 30 percent.

It's estimated about 1 in 4 women have genital herpes (25%), while 1 in 5 men have the virus (20%). The truth is that at least 60% of the adult population has herpes.

You see some people for reasons known only to them decided to exclude people with herpes above the waist- people who get so-called ¡°cold sores¡± on their mouths and faces, from the herpes statistics commonly reported in the media, then reporting only the percentage of people who get herpes below the waist- so-called genital herpes. This makes no sense at all since the scientific literature doesn¡¯t classify herpes simplex 1 (cold sores) as a different disease as herpes simplex 2 (genital herpes)- but rather as two different types of the same disease, and since many of the new cases of herpes of the genital area is actually caused by people getting herpes simplex 1 on their genitals from oral sex. There really is no such thing as ¡° cold sores¡± ¨Cit is simplex herpes simplex 1 of the mouth or face. And those who have it need not be in denial pretending that it¡¯s anything other than herpes simplex. The truth is that you can get herpes simplex 1 on almost any part of your body including your nose, your elbows, your fingers, your stomach, your genitals, your anus, etc. The truth is that herpes simplex is herpes simplex and it is only misleading to not include the people with herpes simplex 1 in herpes statistics.

Somewhere between 20 and 25% of the population get their herpes sores below the waist and somewhere between 50 and 80% of the population gets their herpes sores above the waist. If you factor in the number of people who have both herpes 1 and 2 at the same time, you are left understanding that at least 60% of the population has herpes simplex. Which rings true when you consider that 70% of the adult population has HPV (genital warts or cervical dysplasia) and that 80% of the adult population has had chlymydia at least once.

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