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Genital and oral herpes statistics

It has been estimated that about 25% of the population have genital herpes and 90% have oral herpes (cold sores), that means 1 in 4 adults have genital herpes. If the number of people infected with genital herpes continues to grow at the present rate, it is predicted that in time nearly half the US adult population will have genital herpes.

Genital herpes is the most prevalent viral sexually transmitted disease. There are more cases of genital herpes than there are all the other viral STDs combined.

80-90% of people who have genital herpes don’t know they have it.

Every 30 seconds, another person gets genital herpes.
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Herpes Demographics

– 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%)
– Approximately 30.000.000 Americans have the herpes virus.
– 1.000.000 new cases of herpes per year.

Herpes and pregnancy statistics

– Twenty percent to 25 percent of pregnant women have genital herpes.

Herpes Symptoms Statistics

– Approximately 20% of the people with genital herpes never have symptoms.
– The average number of outbreaks is 4 to 5 a year.
– Some people may experience several herpes outbreaks during a year, while others have only 1 or 2 outbreaks during their lifetime.

Herpes Transmission Statistics

– 70% of sexual partners become infected during episodes of asymptomatic shedding.
– The more sex partners you have, the higher the risk of you getting, or having already caught, genital herpes.
– For heterosexual women living with one partner, the risk of contracting HSV-2 is 10%. This risk increases to 40%, 62% and more than 80% as the number of lifetime partners increases to 2-10, 11-50, or more than 50, respectively.
– For homosexual men, the risk of contracting HSV-2 increases with more than 60% to 90% for those with 11-50 partners and those with more than 50 partners.
– As HSV-2 infection is an ulcerative disease, it increases the risk of acquisition of HIV by 2 to 4.
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