In 2019, it was estimated that about 24 million men and women are infected with genital herpes or HSV-2 (which is the virus that causes genital herpes), according to WebMD. They also estimate there are over 776,000 new HSV-2 infections EACH YEAR! Startling right?!? You must also remember these statistics are for the people who have been tested… so they are probably even higher than reported.
Herpes is easily spread from skin-to-skin contact with someone who has the virus. You can get it when your genitals and/or mouth touch their genitals and/or mouth — usually during oral, anal, and vaginal sex. Herpes can be passed even if the penis or tongue doesn’t go all the way in the vagina, anus, or mouth.
Due to all these factors, it is almost impossible to tell if somebody has herpes unless they are currently having an outbreak or YOU ASK TO SEE THEIR “MY CHART,” and if they don’t have one or they never even heard about it… you need to RUN!
1:6 people ages 14-49 in the USA have genital herpes (although not all have symptoms).
Gender – It is also reported that genital herpes is more common in women (1:5 woman are infected), while the statistics for men are more like 1:9 are infected. Studies show male to female transmission is more efficient than female to male transmission.
Ethnicity – Genital herpes or HSV-2 infection is also more common in black people (39%) than white people (12.3%). Some of the proposed reasoning behind that are that African American communities are not able to access quality healthcare as easily as the white communities.
Abstinence is clearly the best way to prevent yourself from contracting herpes or any other STD. Condoms will not always protect you against herpes! Know you status and know the person’s status you are sleeping with. Go to the doctor together… do what ever you have to do to keep yourself protected.