Over 400 million people have the herpes simplex sexually transmitted disease. Don’t wait for STD symptoms—have the talk with your partner now
While you may be adamant about practicing safe sex with each new partner, not everyone is as disciplined when it comes to warding off sexually transmitted diseases. Clearly: Over 400-million people were infected with the herpes simplex virus type 2—the virus that causes genital herpes—worldwide in 2012, according to data published in the journal PLOS ONE.
What’s more, the study authors report that approximately 19 million people are newly infected with the virus each year. And that’s just herpes—the Centers for Disease Control estimates that more than 110 million men and women in the U.S. have some sort of STD, and nearly 20 million new infections occur every year. (Including these Sleeper STDs You’re at Risk For.)
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