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March 10th, 2010
One in Six American Adults Infected with Herpes

A surprising new statistic reveals that as many as one in six Americans are infected with herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2), as publicized in a statement from health officials earlier this week.

The H2V-2 form of herpes is one of the most widespread sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in the United States. The serious infection is incurable and can last a lifetime, plaguing its host with painful and recurring genital sores.

“It is important that we promote steps to prevent the spread of genital herpes, not only because herpes is a lifelong and incurable infection but also because of the linkage between herpes and HIV infection,”

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has estimated that 19 million new STD infections arise in America each year. Around half of these new cases are found in young people, says Dr. Kevin Fenton, director of the CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention. “Young women, African Americans, and gay and bisexual men are especially hard hit,” he said on Tuesday. “It is unacceptable that STDs remain such a widespread public health problem in the United States today.”

These new statistics on herpes are based on data from the 2005 – 2008 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, which involved households from around America. The frequency of HSV-2 herpes has remained at a consistent level, at around 17% of the population, since the last survey completed from 1999 – 2004.

The newest study discovered that women and African Americans are the most likely to be infected with the herpes virus. In addition, the frequency of herpes in women was much higher at around 20.9% in comparison to the 11.5% of men infected.

High infection rates of herpes are considered to be very serious because people with the STD are two to three times more likely to become infected with Aids (HIV). Furthermore, those with both herpes and HIV are much more likely to pass HIV to others, says the CDC.

“It is important that we promote steps to prevent the spread of genital herpes, not only because herpes is a lifelong and incurable infection but also because of the linkage between herpes and HIV infection,” says r. John M. Douglas Jr., director of CDC’s division of STD prevention in a recent news conference.

Currently, there is no cure for HSV-2, but prescription drugs such as Famvir or Valtrex can slow the growth and spread of the herpes virus and prevent outbreaks from occurring. The CDC also recommends that people with herpes should not have sex during an outbreak, use condoms and limit the number of sexual partners.

Although the CDC does not support mandatory screening for herpes, it believes that those at higher risk for infection may want to be screened. People at high risk include those with multiple sexual partners, those who are HIV-positive and gay or bisexual men.

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