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Came across this article today:

http://www.thestar.com/life/health_wellness/news_research/2013/04/17/first_chlamydia_herpes_rates_released_in_study.html

"Further, the study says that nearly all the people who tested positive were unaware they were infected."

Interesting....so if this accounts for the 80% or so of folks that don't know, there are another 20% on top of this who do know?

I had to google the "Canadian Health Measures Survey" since I'd never heard of it before...

http://www23.statcan.gc.ca/imdb/p2SV.pl?Function=getSurvey&SDDS=5071&Item_Id=129548&lang=en

I'm surprised they do this in Canada....it seems a little invasive or something. It doesn't seem to clarify whether people had a choice to take part or if they were "required" to. I bet those people were shocked to learn they had HSV2.

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I wonder if those people were also informed or tested for Herpes Simplex 1 (the "cold sore virus" - which is the cause of the overwhelming majority of new cases of genital herpes in the Western world), or someone bothered to explain to them than one of the Simplexes "is the bad one! the sexual one!", or if they were informed at all of the results. 14 % seems similar (a bit to the higher side) to what you find in Europe and South America regarding HSV2.

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"Further, the study says that nearly all the people who tested positive were unaware they were infected."

Interesting....so if this accounts for the 80% or so of folks that don't know, there are another 20% on top of this who do know?

What do you mean? I think this accounts for both the 80% that don't know and the 20% that do.

The numbers for this Canadian study are "Of those who tested positive for herpes simplex 2, only 6% were aware that they carried the virus. The remainder were unaware they were infected". That means 94% didn't know.

I should add that they were either unaware they were infected, or didn't report it. I'm not sure of the wording of the original question in the survey.

I'm surprised they do this in Canada....it seems a little invasive or something. It doesn't seem to clarify whether people had a choice to take part or if they were "required" to. I bet those people were shocked to learn they had HSV2.

It says it's voluntary in the link you gave.

I wonder if they informed people of the results of their test.

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What do you mean? I think this accounts for both the 80% that don't know and the 20% that do.

The numbers for this Canadian study are "Of those who tested positive for herpes simplex 2, only 6% were aware that they carried the virus. The remainder were unaware they were infected". That means 94% didn't know.

I should add that they were either unaware they were infected, or didn't report it. I'm not sure of the wording of the original question in the survey.

Sorry, I didn't hunt down the actual study until now :)

It is at this link if anyone is interested:

http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/82-003-x/2013004/article/11777-eng.htm

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