Studies show that more than 500,000 Americans are diagnosed with genital herpes each year, and the largest increase is occurring in young teens.
Genital herpes is an STD (Sexually Transmitted Disease) caused by the herpes simplex viruses type 1 (HSV-1) or type 2 (HSV-2).
There is no way of knowing if, or how often, a person will have future outbreaks.
Oral Herpes is an infection caused by the herpes simplex virus, is estimated to be present in 50 to 80 percent of the American adult population.
Read More Genital Herpes is also caused by the herpes simplex virus, is estimated to be present in 20 percent, over 50 million people, and the majority of these cases may be unaware they even have it.
Because, the patient replied, she had scoped out his body and “there’s nothing about him.” Dr.
Though this is her longstanding message, she now has better evidence to back it up than ever before. The latest CDC figures on genital herpes prevalence, as measured by blood tests for antibodies, are here.
Although, most genital herpes is caused by the herpes type 2 virus (HSV-2). Supporting your immune system should be your first goal.
A weakened immune system is more prone to outbreaks.
It is estimated that around 20 percent of sexually active adults in the United States are infected with HSV-2, according to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD).
While HSV-2 infections are spread through contact with a herpes sore, the AAD reports that most people get HSV-1 from an infected person who is asymptomatic, or does not have sores.
Infection with HSV-1 can happen from general interactions such as: The virus spreads more quickly when an infected person is experiencing an outbreak.
Anywhere from 30 to 95 percent of adults are seropositive for HSV-1, though they may never experience an outbreak.
HSV-1 is commonly found around the mouth, and is often called "cold sores". HSV-2 is commonly found in the genital area, but it can be passed to the mouth through oral sex.