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According to a CDC data, genital herpes, caused by the herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2), is one of the most common STDs in the United States.

16.2%, or one out of six, people ages 14 to 49 is infected with HSV-2, the virus that causes genital herpes
Of those infected, 90% are unaware they have the virus
Genital herpes is highest among African Americans with a 39.2% positivity rate
In the past 10 years, the percentage of U.S. citizens with genital herpes has remained stable

One in nine sexually active men, ages 14 to 49, has genital herpes
One in five sexually active women, ages 14 to 49, has genital herpes
48% of African American women are infected with the HSV 2 virus


Herpes transmission is more common from an infected man to his female partner than an infected woman to her male partner. Due to anatomical differences, women are more susceptible to contracting genital herpes.

 

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