Two-thirds of people under the age of 50 in the world have HSV-1，according to a recent report by the WHO, which means that almost 3.7 billion people living with an incurable virus(currently). Most of these people don’t know their condition until an outbreak.
Things happened but it isn’t so bad as public imagine. You have a lot to learn, by which you could handle with this little gift at ease. We must say at the beginning, it’s not the end of the world living with herpes.
A huge number of people has herpes — and most of it is genital. Infection with the herpes simplex virus, commonly known as herpes, can be due to either herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV-1) or herpes simplex virus 2 (HSV-2). HSV-1 is mainly transmitted by oral to oral contact. HSV-2 is a sexually transmitted infection that can cause painful genital ulcer disease.
HSV-1 often cause cold sores among mouths while “real” herpes we often think cause sores around the genitals. HSV-1 could be transmitted by kissing and oral sex while “real” herpes could be transmitted by “skin to skin” contact. For HSV-1, even children got it because of kissing from infected relatives in the past.
Nowadays, people raised awareness of the contagious virus. People became more cautious about young children from a skin outbreak. Being far from HSV-1, HSV-2 was close to the young generation. It means that many people get their first outbreak to HSV-1 not through kissing but through oral sex. Even though HSV-1 often lives in mouths and HSV-2 lives in genitals, they could transfer virus to each other. So younger people with HSV-1 can unknowingly spread genital herpes.
Most of people living with herpes don’t know about their status until they have an outbreak. According to a New York study, 90 percent of people living with HSV-2 had never been tested or experienced any symptoms.
Many people worried about the sex life. If people living with herpes, could they have sex? Could they transfer this virus to their partners? The good news is that people with HSV-1 and HSV-2 don’t have to be afraid of sex. It could reduce the risk to have sex when people with genital herpes aren’t having outbreaks. Condoms could also be useful.
All in all, if you want to keep your partners away from this virus, being honest with them, using protection and avoiding contact during outbreaks will be helpful.