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Claudia

I have some questions. I see a lot of statistics thrown around regarding HSV, but they aren't always consistent, and I think that may have something to do with people not understanding that HSV2 is not always genital and HSV1 is not always oral. I have never seen a study cited to back up the statistics, either. Does anyone know:

Does 25% of the population have genital herpes, or HSV2? I see this statistic thrown out constantly with either substituted, even though HSV2 can manifest anywhere, and genital herpes can be HSV1.

What population is this? U.S.? World?

Does 60-80% of the population have oral herpes, or HSV1? I see this statistic thrown out constantly with either substituted, even though HSV1 can manifest anywhere, and oral herpes can be HSV2.

What population is this? U.S.? World?

Can anyone actually reference the studies these popular statistics come from?

Thank you.

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Mr_Smith

Yes, it's easy to throw stats around, and while not every study produces the same stats, you'll see a trend and realize they're not too far apart.

Here's how I understand the numbers to be (but don't quote me, cause I'm just throwing them around too) ;)

The 25% for genital herpes is for HSV2. Additional that for women above age 12 (yes twelve) across all races. The percentage for men is closer to 20%. As you look at the different age groups, you'll notice the % climbs with age, with the highest percentage age group coming in at about 33-35%.

I don't think there are good studies for the percentage of Genital herpes to be HSV1, although I have read that 30% of "New" cases of genital herpes are HSV1 because oral sex is so popular and lots of people don't realize cold sores are the herpes virus.

The 60-80% figure of oral herpes pertains to the world population, all ages, all races. I've read where the Australian percent is closer to 80% and the USA percent is closer to 60%.

Oral HSV2 is very rare, I believe that percentage is lower than 2%.

You can look at the CDC website for study/stats information. One of the larger studies is the NHANES, which is conducted every two years.

Regards

Mr Smith

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BoxofRain

almost positive the statistics of 1 in 4 having genital herpes is exclusibely for the US.....a lot of other countries vary in percentages...but you can find individual countries percentages on the web if you search for it.

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Claudia

Thanks. If anyone stumbles across any actualy studies, I'd appreciate a heads-up.

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