Genital Herpes Statistics

Genital herpes statistics can be important in learning the impact of this virus on the population. Read the following genital herpes statistics to learn more. Some statistics include oral and genital herpes. Remember that both can cause outbreaks on either part of your body.

  • One in four adults have herpes.
  • There are approximately one million new cases of herpes each year.
  • More women than men have herpes.
  • Approximately thirty million Americans have the herpes virus.
  • There are about 500,000 new cases each year in America.
  • Approximately 80% of persons having a first episode caused by HSV-2 will have at least one recurrence, while only 50% of persons with HSV-1 will experience a recurrence.
  • Clinical trials have proved Valaciclovir (an antiviral therapy) to prevent or delay up to 85% of herpes outbreaks.
  • About 50 to 80 percent of the adult population in the United States has oral herpes.
  • Twenty percent to 25 percent of pregnant women have genital herpes.
  • It has been estimated that about 20% of the population have genital herpes and 90% have oral herpes (cold sores).
  • In women, the cervix is infected in about 80% to 90% of initial infections, and vaginal discharge may occur.
  • Some people may experience several outbreaks during a year, while others have only 1 or 2 outbreaks during their lifetime.
  • The average number of outbreaks is 4 to 5 a year.
  • During the active stage, 20% to 25% of people begin to have the active herpes virus present on the skin.
  • Genital herpes is more common in women (approximately 1 out of 4 women) than in men (almost 1 out of 5).
  • Genital herpes is the most prevalent viral sexually transmitted disease.
  • There are more cases of genital herpes than there are all the other viral STDs combined.
  • The more sex partners you have, the higher the risk of you getting, or having already caught, genital herpes.
  • Studies have shown that the vast majority (80-90%) of people who have genital herpes have not been diagnosed with the condition.
  • Every 30 seconds, another person gets genital herpes. The number of cases of genital herpes has gone up by over 30% in the last decade.
  • If the number of people infected with genital herpes continues to grow at the present rate, it is predicted that in time nearly half the US adult population will have genital herpes.
  • It is estimated that 99% of all HSV-2 infections are genital.