Why You Should Assume Everyone Has Herpes

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From Boston’s NPR News – A pre-eminent researcher on the genital herpes virus, known as Herpes Simplex Virus 2 or HSV-2, published a landmark paper documenting the striking rate at which people with no herpes symptoms can nonetheless “shed virus,” potentially infecting partners.

Evidence has long been growing that herpes can be transmitted even when no lesions are visible and it is becoming clearer than ever that lack of symptoms is no guarantee against infection.

Click here to view the latest CDC figures on genital herpes prevalence, as measured by blood tests for antibodies.

The CDC figures highlights:

-More than 80% of people with herpes are undiagnosed

-Overall prevalence by the time people reach their forties is 26%

-In the general population, one-fifth of women and 11.5% of men are infected.

Click on this link to view full article

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