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I Have Herpes
You may not feel comfortable saying this to friends and family. According to the Herpes Viruses Association in London, the stigma attached to the herpes virus was produced by the pharmaceutical companies in the 1970’s wanting to make people afraid of the virus so they’d buy their antiviral drug.


Since sex is involved, it wasn’t difficult to do. The stigma produced by ad agencies to produce profit remains today. Herpes, especially genital herpes or hsv 2, is one of the most stigmatized medical conditions in the United States and yet the virus affects a large portion of the U.S. population.


How Many People Have Herpes?
Herpes is a very prevalent virus 2nd only to the flu and colds. 80-90% of the population carries some form of the herpes virus. Most people in the United States are infected with hsv-1 by the age of 20.


According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 776,000 people in the U.S. get new hsv-2 infections every year. More than 175 million are carriers of hsv-1 and more than 50 million people have been diagnosed with the hsv-2 in the United States. According to the World Health Organization, over 500 million people have genital herpes worldwide.


85-90% of people with genital herpes (hsv-2) don’t know they are infected. Women are more likely to be infected than men.

The herpes simplex virus is a fast growing world epidemic.


Oral sex transferring the hsv-1 virus to the genital area is the fastest growing infection rate among young adults in this country as well as other parts of the world including Australia. Up to 50% of new genital herpes cases are due to HSV-1 transmitted mostly from oral sex.







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