Quite a few people have herpes. There are various estimates out there on just how many.
The estimates range between 12% and 60% depending on who’s figures you look at. Either way, it is a significant portion of the population.
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Herpes simplex type 1 and type 2 are responsible for oral and genital herpes. Either can be the cause of oral or genital herpes.
Herpes is spread via skin to skin contact (or lesion to skin contact). The virus cannot live very long in the open air.
Worried about contracting disease from public restrooms? Read this article.
New research suggests that there is a miRNA (micro ribonucleic acid) component to Herpes Simplex 1 that allows the virus to survive for the lifetime of the patient.
If true, this information may be helpful in eventually finding a ‘cure’ for herpes.
In the dormant stage genital herpes ‘hides’ inside the nerve cells at the base of the spine. The oral variety hides in nerve cells at the base of the neck.
Some people know they have it and some do not. Unfortunately, those that do not are likely to be ‘carriers’. They can pass the virus on without suffering any symptoms themselves. This aids the spread of the virus.
Neveranoutbreak.com might provide useful information to those suffering from herpes.
I know from talking to people that the psychological aspects of herpes can be quite intense.
You are not alone, many people are going through the same thing.
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