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Another reason I'm glad I'm married

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by lono, Jun 28, 2008.

  1. lono

    lono Active Member

    So I'm watching TV today, and a Valtrex commercial comes on, proclaiming that one in five American adults has genital herpes.

    Thinking that's bulls--t, I looked at the CDC site and found the following: "Results of a nationally representative study show that genital herpes infection is common in the United States. Nationwide, at least 45 million people ages 12 and older, or one out of five adolescents and adults, have had genital HSV infection. ...Genital HSV-2 infection is more common in women (approximately one out of four women) than in men (almost one out of eight)."

    Am I the only one who finds these statistics shockingly high, to the point of being unbelievable?

    One more reason I'm thrilled to be far removed from the dating game ... yikes.

    (And no, Mrs. Lono, I didn't bring back anything from the outing!)
  2. Dickens Cider

    Dickens Cider New Member

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  3. Flying Headbutt

    Flying Headbutt Moderator Staff Member

    A friend of mine who would be one of the last people you'd ever imagine having herpes, has herpes. She was pretty far from promiscuous, but an old boyfriend of her's wasn't too far from that before he met her. I easily believe that number, as horrifying as it is.
  4. Cadet

    Cadet Guest

    That number likely includes HPV, which is a very common type of herpes. Most men are carriers but have no symptoms ever; most women will have it in their lifetimes but will not show symptoms, either. If the HPV vaccine gets into regular rotation, it will drastically reduce those numbers within a generation.
  5. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    I'm glad you didn't get herpes in Seattle, too, lono!!
  6. Bob Slydell

    Bob Slydell Active Member

    Herpes, the gift that keeps on giving.

    Oh, and don't Google herpes images at work. VERY, VERY NSFW. Glad I'm alone on a Saturday. :eek:
  7. BYH

    BYH Active Member

    That made me laugh very, very hard.
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  8. Flash

    Flash Guest

    Sorry, Cadet, but HPV is not a form of herpes and, as a matter of fact, is more prevalent than herpes (one in four).

  9. Cadet

    Cadet Guest

    Hmm, not the way I've heard it, but it makes sense. Both are sexually transmitted viruses, however.
  10. Flash

    Flash Guest

    What's scary is that there are up to 100 known strains of the HPV virus. Unlike herpes, however, many strains eventually leave the body.
  11. BTExpress

    BTExpress Well-Known Member

    If you add up all the "1 in 10 people has (disease or infection)" stories we read, it probably turns out that the average person has about 23 afflictions.
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