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How common is herpes2 on genitals?

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Dr. Dai Takahashi
Internal Medicine

In brief: Everyone has it!

HSV 2 infection in the usa using titers in the early 2000's showed around 20 to 30 percent in the USA.
Now consider this, HSV 1 infection is around 80 percent. There are so many mixing of these two strains of virus (oral vs genitalia) that it doesn't seem to matter any more. A lot of my patients have HSV1 infection in genitalia. Symptoms seemed to be milder in most cases. Hope this helps.

In brief: Everyone has it!

HSV 2 infection in the usa using titers in the early 2000's showed around 20 to 30 percent in the USA.
Now consider this, HSV 1 infection is around 80 percent. There are so many mixing of these two strains of virus (oral vs genitalia) that it doesn't seem to matter any more. A lot of my patients have HSV1 infection in genitalia. Symptoms seemed to be milder in most cases. Hope this helps.
Dr. Dai Takahashi
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