How common is herpes in the us?

Herpes. 95% of the us population has been exposed to the herpes virus at one point or another.
Too common! Herpes type 1, which causes about 80% of oral herpes cases, is considered a universal virus (almost everybody has it). An estimated 80% of adults have had herpes type 1. Genital herpes, which is caused by herpes type 2 about 80% of the time, causes between 500, 000 and 1 million new cases each year. There is no cure, so currently about 50 million americans have had genital herpes.