More Than 16 Percent Have Genital Herpes

ATLANTA, April 23 (UPI) — About 16.2 percent of people in the United States between the ages of 14-49 are infected with genital herpes, U.S. health officials estimate.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, released Thursday, said the rate of genital herpes — herpes simplex virus type 2 — is almost twice the amount in women than in men.

In addition, the prevalence of genital herpes is three times higher among African-Americans than whites but is lowest among Mexican-Americans, the report said.

However, African-Americans are more than four times as likely to be infected with genital herpes as are whites, even among blacks who have one lifetime sex partner.

“African-Americans are at greater risk of being exposed to genital herpes with any given sexual encounter,” the report said.

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