80% of us have HSV1 (cold sores & sometimes genital)
16-30% of us have HSV2 (genital herpes) [20-35% in women]
90% of us don't know it.
So yes, at least 1 in 6 people reading this already have HSV2. [estimated 1 in 5 women in the US under age 45.]
But again, most of us don't know it.
Why? Most people don't have symptoms, or don't notice them.
Technically, herpes is not a disease.
Herpes is a mild skin infection, which sometimes manifests blister-like symptoms and can be transmitted to others by skin-to-skin contact. You don't have to have sex to get it, and most people who do get it, don't notice.
The official description was "cold sores in an interesting location" until a drug company decided they could sell antivirals by making us scared of it.
Herpes is not included in the standard STD screening.
Unless you're pregnant or actually showing symptoms they won't test you for it. Even if you specifically ask, many clinics will refuse to test you. Why? Because so many people test positive for it.
If we diagnose you without symptoms, now we have to give you drugs that you don't need because you don't have any symptoms and we've given you the psychological stress of having to deal with something which won't actually affect your life at all. -- The truth is you might just be immune to the virus but not have a resident population, or it might be permanently dormant, or you might be silently giving it to lots of people, we can't tell. (There is actually no way to tell if you don't have symptoms.) -- So the best solution is just not to test you.
The truth is that herpes really isn't a big deal.
A good place to start is the American Social Health Association
Their FAQ is quite good.
This profile is a public service announcement. I'm still working on the content.
However, the guy writing it would like to meet an attractive, intelligent young lady. So we will see how my edits come along, and you're more than welcome to drop a line.
Me, I'm a guy. Complex, meaningful, generally considered a solid fellow. I have herpes. Let's talk about something that actually matters.
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