Fortunately, herpes is highly manageable and people who get it can still have healthy love and sex lives, as the data also shows.These numbers focus mainly on United States genital herpes statistics. Herpes is more common than many might think, and a lot of people are unaware they are infected and may not even have symptoms to tip them off.I had barely finished my first semester of college when I found out I had herpes.
Each time I had an outbreak, which for me consisted of a very small cluster of blisters that lasted two or three days, I'd pretend I had a yeast infection and say I couldn't have sex until it was gone.
By the time I finished college in 1994, the possibility of spreading the virus even when you didn't have an outbreak had become more widely accepted by health care providers.
I was still uncomfortable about bringing up the subject, but now I didn't have much of a choice.
I didn't date for awhile, but inevitably, I met someone.
My friend said I was too much like a sister, and he couldn't continue. I worried about how that incident would affect our friendship.
Little did I know my worries would extend far beyond that concern.
(At the time, many doctors and other health care providers believed this to be the case, although a number of research studies had already suggested otherwise.) So, I decided to keep quiet.
For three years, I had a boyfriend who never knew I had herpes.
__________________________________________________ Note: Not all genital herpes statistics are consistent from study to study.
Most say 25% of American women have the virus, and 20% of American males. The studies with slightly lower numbers refer to people ¹ (Source: ² (Source: ³ (Source: ⁴ (Source: ⁵ (Source: ⁶ (Source:
Please also keep in mind that these statistics account for genital herpes caused by the HSV-2 strain. Unfortunately, when clinicians give “standard” STD check-ups, they don’t include tests for HSV-1 or HSV-2, unless it is specifically requested.