A new report by the World Health Organization estimates that two out of three adults under the age of 50 had herpes simplex virus 1 in 2012. That’s 3.7 billion people worldwide who are infected. But that doesn’t mean it’s time to panic.
An Indiana grandmother is asking lawmakers to criminalize the transmission of STDs from a child molester to his or her victim, while New York’s mayor has declined to comment on whether he’ll support the continued enforcement of regulations to discourage a circumcision ritual that’s been known to spread herpes to infants.
Genital herpes infects as many as one in six adults in the United States. A vaccine to prevent its spread would be a huge public health victory. We are not there yet, but recent news suggests progress.
A New York City woman is suing MAC cosmetics claiming that she got herpes from the Rihanna-branded RiRi Woo lipstick, which she sampled at the singer’s May 7 show in Brooklyn.
Many people have oral herpes but don’t know it, and don’t know that cold sores are a symptom. Most get it in childhood and don’t remember their first sores; some people will never see a sore again, though they have and can possibly transmit Herpes.
I can’t begin to tell you how many people in the world don’t know that they have oral herpes, and don’t know that cold sores are a symptom of oral herpes.