A lot of people have Herpes, and it is easily transmitted

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Herpes is a disease that is incurable and quite common in the American public.  But according to The Atlantic, the disease comes with an unfair stigma attached to those who are infected.   According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one out of six Americans aged 14 to 49 have genital herpes, and the numbers are far higher in the African American community.  But these numbers are lower than the real ones, since most people are never tested and never know that they are infected.  So, in some cases, the false stigma attached to those who have the disease comes from people who have it and have never gotten the test for the virus.

The data says that the more a person sleeps around, the more unprotected oral sex they’ve probably had, and the more likely they are to have an STD.  Many people are contracting genital herpes through oral sex cuased by HSV-1, the kind of herpes that also causes cold sores.   This leads to about 25 percent of women being infected and 10 percent of men, with the disparity coming from the fact that a small number of men are having sex with the bulk of the women.

The Atlantic article also claims that the health effects of the virus are not as horrible as some people are led to believe:

In terms of a person’s health, genital herpes is usually nothing to worry about. According to theNational Institutes of Health, many people with genital herpes never even have outbreaks or their outbreaks decrease over time (one or two outbreaks a year is not uncommon). The virus can lie dormant in your system for years without coming to the surface. The initial outbreak is often the worst, occurring a few days to a couple of weeks after being infected.

There are various versions of the virus, which you can read more about here. 

 

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