Research has shown that between 50 to 80% of Americans carry the antibodies to HSV-1.
Between 10 to 20% of that population experiences recurring outbreaks.
Remember that Genital Herpes is a skin rash caused by a virus, just like “cold sores” or “fever blisters.” Similar to “Chicken Pox” or “Shingles.” Any idea about the “badness” of it stems from an outdated social convention based on puritanical notions of health, sexuality, and LOCATION! Check out our pages on Symptoms, Treatments, Testing, Outbreak Prevention, Support, and Dating…
It won’t kill you and will most likely have a minimal effect on your life… The original resources for the Support Group that became Herpesite came from research studies & medical journals cataloged at University Medical Libraries.
Herpe Site is mostly focused on Genital Herpes, but we also have a wealth of resources that apply to Oral Herpes and Cold Sores, too.
You’ll find information and resources here that will help you and others you may know who may be dealing with an emotionally and physically difficult diagnosis of Herpes. It is strongly recommended that anyone who may suspect a possible infection with Herpes immediately consult with a knowledgeable Health care professional.
Oral Herpes and Genital Herpes are simply a skin rash caused by a virus…
The VAST MAJORITY of the World’s population has Oral Herpes, yet no one is running around freaking out about it or making comments about the lifestyle or character of the people who have it or writing articles about how bad it is!
People with genital HSV2 have an average of 5 outbreaks per year, while a genital infection with type 1 HSV has a recurrence rate of about once per year.
An oral infection with type 2 HSV will rarely, if ever, recur.
There is very little public awareness, education, or discussion of Herpes.
We believe this is a major reason that it continues to spread.