How common is it for someone to have genital herpes (Type 2) without ever having any symptoms?
In early stages it is quite common to not know that you are infected.
According to herpes.com, one in five American adults has herpes, but only one third of those inflicted are aware that they have the virus.
Thanks for your reply. If it's so common then I guess it can be quite difficult to avoid getting it, unless you avoid sex or require everyone to take a test. Do you think it's something one should be worried about about?
And I would also like to ask if it's normal to be afraid of oral herpes? I don't know if I have it or not, but it's something I think about and it makes me hesitant to kiss because most people probably have it.
It's quite normal to worry about it. It can be itchy and quite painful. It is also rather easily spread.
Most people refer to oral herpes as cold sores. (think of all the people you know who have had one of those!)
As long as there isn't a sore there, it's fairly safe to kiss. Though it CAN still be transmitted if there is no sore.
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