It’s been estimated that between 45 and 60 million Americans are infected with general herpes virus which is roughly 1 in 5 adult Americans. The CDC thinks that about a million Americans get infected every year with herpes.
At least 60% of the population in the United States was tested positive for antibodies of herpes type 1 (HSV – 1). And 30 to 50 percent were shown positive for herpes type 2 (HSV – 2).
Can Someone Unknowingly Spread The Herpes Virus?
A significant number of people, it’s estimated, have no idea that they have been infected with a virus. They may have a very minimal initial outbreak and then just think now and then that they are only experience itching and burning and not even realizing that they have the virus.
Most people generally accept that the only time they begin to worry is when they have an outbreak. But that’s not true. Medical science has proven as far back as 1985 that people could get the disease from a person who didn’t know they had it, have the disease themselves without knowing they had it and pass it on to someone else who got the disease from them without anybody knowing they had anything.
One of the problems physicians had over the years was that the testing for antibodies was not as haggard as it is now and it’s all thanks to newer test which have been made available for the last 3 to 4 years this problem is beginning to be resolved. As a result, a lot of people had herpes without knowing it.