Herpes is an infection that is caused by a
herpes simplex virus (HSV). Oral herpes
causes cold sores around the mouth or face.
Genital herpes affects the genitals, buttocks or
anal area. Genital herpes is a sexually
transmitted disease (STD). You can get it from
having sex, even oral sex. The virus can
spread even when sores are not present.
Some people have no symptoms. Others get
sores near the area where the virus has
entered the body. They turn into blisters,
become itchy and painful, and then heal.
HSV-1 usually gets an outbreak around the
mouth, although rarely a person can get an
outbreak somewhere else.
HSV-2 gets an outbreak on the genitals.
There are no treatments that will remove
Herpes. Once you have it, you’re stuck
However, there are medicines you can
take when you have an outbreak such
as Valtrex (genitals) and Abreva
20% to 25% adults have genital herpes.
More than 80% of the adult population has oral herpes and a
recent study suggests this number could be 98% among adults.
There are approximately one million new cases of herpes each
The amount of initial doctor's visits for genital herpes was
269,000 in 2004. It was 19,000 in 1966.
Genital herpes is more common in women (approximately 1 out
of 4 women) than in men (almost 1 out of 5).
More African Americans (45.9%) have genital herpes than
white Caucasian (17.6%)
Twenty percent to 25 percent of pregnant women have genital
If the number of people infected with genital herpes continues
to grow at the present rate, nearly half of the US adult
population will have genital herpes.
QuickStats: Percentage of Adults Aged 20--29
Years with Genital Herpes
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Pregnant women with HSV-2 have to have a
Caesarian section if they have an outbreak
Having HSV-2 makes you more susceptible to
Both types are dangerous for people with
weak immune systems, especially babies.
YOU CAN AVOID HERPES BY PRACTICING
SAFE SEX… USE A CONDOM!