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  • Percentage of adults that have herpes: 1 in 4
  • Estimated number of new cases of herpes a year: 1 million
  • Percentage of infected persons who don't know they have it:  Over 50% of those infected don't realize it because they don't have the classic outbreak pattern, and often dismiss it as an annoying itch or rash.
  • More woman have herpes than men.  
  • Herpes that infects the tissue of the cervix is suspected to have a role in cervical cancer.  This is an important reason to have yearly pap smears.
  • Women that have herpes on their cervix may not feel it when they have an outbreak.  This is another reason for today's high rate of transmission.
  • Herpes Simplex I is the herpes that you typically get on your mouth/lips.  
  • Herpes Simplex II is the herpes that is typically know as genital herpes. 
  • You can get Herpes Simplex I (HSV I) on genitals, or you can get Herpes Simplex II (HSV II) in you mouth and throat.  This occurs through oral sex primarily.
  • Incidence of herpes by age group: 5-10% or teenagers, 15-20 % of those in their 20's, and 25-30% of those 30 years of age or older.
  • Incidence of herpes has risen 30 percent since 1970's
  • Viral shedding can transmit herpes to a baby during birth.  This can cause blindness and other serious health problems for the newborn baby.  It is very important to tell you physician if you know or think you may have herpes. 
  • Viral shedding means that virus is being transmitted despite no obvious signs of infection.
  • You never get rid of herpes from your body once you catch it. You only control infection once they reactivate.
The Herpes virus infection varies depending on the site of infection; 1-oral herpes, or  on the lips, 2-genital herpes, 3-other body surfaces such as Herpes Zoster, or Shingles.   Typically oral infections are from Herpes Simplex I virus types, genital infections are from Herpes Simplex II virus types, or genital herpes.  Other body surfaces may be infected by type I or II strains, or by another one of the Herpes virus strains.  A common infection of another body surface often results in a condition called Shingles, also known as  Herpes Zoster.  It should be noted that treatment does not get rid of the virus from your body, but simply diminishes the symptoms of an active outbreak.  Some researchers believe that a persons that are infected, are contagious through viral shedding.  This is a situation where the viral particles escape the infected person's skin, even though they don't have obvious visible symptoms. Therefore, it is important to remember that treatment may not keep you from spreading the disease to someone else; including a baby during the birthing process. 

   The treatments for herpes infections include oral medication and topical cream. The location, length of time infected, and age of the patient often play a role in determining the exact dosage and combination of traditional medication.  Alternative Herpes treatments often involve natural herbal and nutritional substances.  The alternative treatments are often more successful in preventing outbreaks, than diminishing active infections.  It should be noted that little research exists to support alternative therapies, whether for preventative or active conditions.  Both traditional and alternative treatments are aimed at helping to  to cut down on the length of time symptoms are present, but do not automatically make the infection go away.  

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