Don’t Freak Out, But You Probably Have Herpes


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When people describe things and say they’re “like herpes,” it’s for a reason. Herpes spreads so fast that the World Health Organization says that two thirds of the world’s population has some form of herpes.

From TIME:

That’s more than 3.7 billion people under the age of 50, or 67% of the population, the organization said Friday. There are two types of the herpes simplex virus, an infectious and incurable condition. HSV-1 is primarily transmitted through oral-oral contact and causes cold sores around the mouth, while HSV-2 is sexually transmitted and causes genital herpes.

But the new WHO study shows that HSV-1 can also cause genital herpes through oral sex. Now, over half-a-billion people between ages 15 and 49 have genital herpes caused by either strain of the herpes virus.

I didn’t need another reason not to give blowjobs, but this is a pretty good one.

The news gets even better worse if you have a vagina. Apparently girls are more susceptible to catching the herp. As if bleeding from the inside out and pushing a human out of your body isn’t hard enough, now we’re a magnet for herpes. 49 percent of women in America have some form of herpes, as compared to 39 percent of men. Life isn’t fair.

All things considered, herpes isn’t that bad. Everyone has it, so unless you want to put yourself in a bubble for the rest of your life, just accept the fact that if you don’t already have herpes, you’ll get it eventually. It won’t kill you, and if two thirds of the world’s population has it already, that number is just going to increase until everyone has it.

But still continue to use condoms, because AIDS isn’t like herpes. That shit is dangerous.

[via TIME]

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Cristina is a Grandex Writer and Content Manager. She was an intern for over two years before she graduated a semester early to write about college full time, which makes absolutely no sense. She regretfully considers herself a Carrie, but is first and foremost a Rory. She tends to draw strong reactions from people. They are occasionally positive. You can find her in a bar as you're bending down to tie your shoes, drinking Dos XX and drunk crying to Elton John. Email her: (not .com).

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