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I have read that about 50% of primary outbreak cases of genital herpes are caused by HSV-1. Wow, this suprised me as the figures are huge and probably millions of americans are infected with genital herpes caused by HSV-1.

My questions are, do they reoccur frequently, or the breakouts keep coming back for a small percentage of prople. While many would only get primary outbreaks and hardly anything after that.

Is not having oral sex the only way of not passing the infection to others.

"Roughly speaking, HSV-2 causes 90% and HSV-1 causes 10% of all genital herpes. Herpes simplex virus is a linear double-stranded DNA virus.

Now I am really confused, so which is the right fact. Is HSV-1 about 50% of genital herpes or 90%? "

Thank you

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HSV-1 is thought to be the cause of about 50% of all new cases of genital herpes as of the most recent CDC study (2006).

Since this is a relatively new trend it makes sense that overall these may only account for 10% of GH cases, especially since many already have pre-existing HSV-1 infections orally.

The problem with this is really genital HSV-1 is harder to study because most people are tested through blood testing.

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Alright thanks, I read from Medhelp and advice from Hunter Handsfield, that GSHV-1 recurs on 40% of the people infected, and about 1 maybe twice in a year. He also mentioned that after the second year there will be no more outbreaks for most people. So is GHSV-1 a problem for a small number of people?

Also I read in a literature that only 5% of HSV-1 seek medical attention in adulthood, does this also mean that only 5% are severely affected by GSHV-1 while most dont have a problem.


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Well according to Medhelp the trend of GHSV-1 is that 40% of the people infected will only encounter an outbreak once, 50% will have about 1-2 outbreaks for a few years(2-3 years) then maybe far apart such as 5 to 10 years later and probably for many none at all after that.

And the remaining 10% will have on-going problems with outbreaks.

Are there any sources which can confirm the above trend?

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Another study found that 78% of primary genital herpes outbreaks are now caused by hsv-1!


This is the US rates: another study of the UK estimated that among young women hsv-1 causes 70-90% of primary genital herpes outbreaks.

In fact I live in the UK and I know three other women here with genital herpes - and we ALL have hsv-1 not hsv-2.

I have read that on average hsv-1 will only recur in 50% of people and that on average people will only have one outbreak every two years. However, I and the people I know have all had more than one outbreak.

Though plenty of people do have few outbreaks, there is still a significant minority with genital hsv-1 that get regular outbreaks. I get 6-8 outbreaks per year.

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