INTERNATIONAL: Two-Thirds of World Has Herpes Virus: WHO

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INTERNATIONAL: Two-Thirds of World Has Herpes Virus: WHO

imagesNBC – Two-thirds of the world’s population has the virus that causes cold sores, the World Health Organization said Wednesday.

That’s 3.7 billion people under the age of 50 with the pesky and incurable herpes virus.

But it causes more than cold sores.

The herpes simplex 1 virus (HSV-1) can also cause sores on the genitals — and oral sex is becoming a leading way it’s being transmitted, the WHO reported in the Public Library of Science journal PLoS ONE.

“The global burden of HSV-1 infection is huge,” the WHO research team writes.

“An estimated 140 million people aged 15-49 years were calculated to have prevalent genital HSV-1 infection globally in 2012,” they wrote.

That means two kinds of incurable herpes viruses are causing sexually transmitted infections in the populations.

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  1. Believe it or not, there is value in herpes. Researchers are progressing towards the eradication of cancer through therapies that could stop abnormal cell growth and cure certain types of cancer. One new approved remedy involves infecting the patient's body with a variation of herpes virus that won't cause herpes. It will instead find and attack cancer cells and kill them.

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  2. There is also Shingles which may develop as a result of contracting chicken pox...This is also another strain of the herpes virus. Its more complicated and common than you think. One does not even have to be sexually active or "nasty" as some may imply. There is even herpes of the eye.

    Imagine sex only one time with an infected person, (even with a condom) could have you contract the virus once it is in its active state, as long as your skin gets in contact with a tiny oozing blister.

    Persons just need to be more educated and open minded. When doctors themselves explain how common the herpes virus is, they themselves make it sound like it is just another infection but the reality is only to see how common it has has become today.

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  3. Here is more food for thought : Source- WHO : 87% of Africans below the age of fifty are infected with the HSV-1 strain and is transmitted through mouth to mouth contacts or saliva. The symptoms are sores and blisters around the mouth. In other countries with the same age range, you have 75% infection in the Mediterranean and Western Pacific , 39% of men and 49% of women in the Americas, 61% men - 69% women in Europe. There is also the HSV-2 strain which is transmitted sexually and causes genital Herpes. There is the potential of transmitting the HSV-1 to genital herpes through oral sex.
    Access to education is critical to protect young people before they become sexually active. The rich are less vulnerable because of access to education and healthy living but are more susceptible to infections. It is important to note that there is no cure yet for the disease.

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  4. 12 years ago I kissed a guy who was my boyfriend at the time, I had no clue what herpes was, I knew nothing of STD and that is how I got the virus. 🙁

    It's nine years since we've gone our separate ways. I never brought it up. I never said to him "You gave me herpes".

    Haven't dated anyone since and I wonder how am I going to tell a guy I have the herpes simplex 1 virus - Something that's always on my mind.

    #estupido 🙁

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    • How do you know you got it from that guy when you can get it from a shared utensil or even your mother?

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  5. Herpes has been around a looong time. Cold sores has just been a nice way of saying herpes for a long time. "A cockroach kiss you" was herpes all along. Fever blisters? You got it, herpes again.

    Cold sores and fever blisters are caused by herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1). This virus is passed from person to person by saliva (either directly, or by drinking from the same glass or cup) or by skin contact. Cold sores usually appear as clusters of tiny blisters on the lip. About 8 out of 10 people have the virus that causes cold sores. Most people are first infected before they are 10 years old.

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    • oh please! I have had tis from the age of 6 or 7 and my mom used to have me rub my lips with raw tomatoes so get off your ignorance its bigger than that!

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    • Exactly! that's probably how I got! Because mum told me everyone used to hold me and kiss me saying "what a cute baby"....smh....Guess no one knew then

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  6. No one can be certain that,they dont have herpes? For you to say so,you have to be born again or come fresh out your mothers womb. There are even possibilities of getting it in your mothers womb as a baby. If you have been switching from one man to the next in your sexual life,one of them may have pass it on to you. In conclusion,while you are still living anything is possible. Now we need to do more work in our communities for us to enable the youth to practice safe sex when they are young. Poverty and no jobs has created more and more youth to run their bodies wild all over the world in general.

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