Herpes

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More Than 500 Million People Have Genital Herpes Virus

More than 500 million people are infected worldwide with the virus that causes genital herpes and more than 20 million people become newly infected each year

Every year, 23.6 million people aged 15-49 become infected with the herpes simplex type 2 virus.

Most people with herpes simplex virus type 2 don't know they're infected and don't have symptoms

What are the symptoms of genital herpes?

Most individuals infected with HSV-1 or HSV 2 experience either no symptoms or have very mild symptoms that go unnoticed or are mistaken for another skin condition. Because of this, most people infected with HSV-2 are not aware of their infection. When symptoms do occur, they typically appear as one or more blisters on or around the genitals.


One out of six, people aged 14 to 49 years have genital HSV-2 infection.

Over the past decade, the percentage of persons with genital herpes infection in the United States has remained stable.

Is there a cure or treatment for herpes?

There is no treatment that can cure herpes, but some medication can prevent or shorten outbreaks during the period of time the person takes the medication.