Herpes Simplex Virus 2 (HSV-2)

Herpes simplex virus 2 (HSV2) is more commonly known as genital herpes, even though HSV1 can also set up camp genitally (50% of new genital herpes cases are via HSV1). Herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV1) is known as oral herpes or simply “cold sores.” Genital herpes is only spread through skin-to-skin contact. Herpes can lie dormant, which is why even if you’ve never had an outbreak or haven’t had one for a while, it can still be spread (this is called “viral shedding”). Over 25 million Americans have herpes (16% of Americans age 14-49), but 80% of people don’t know it. The most important part, though, is for you to realize this: You are not alone and you are still just as sexy and vibrant as ever. Don’t let herpes hold you back. For more helpful statistics, download the free e-book and handouts.

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