WHO Says Two-Thirds of World Population Under 50 Have HERPES
Yup, you probably have herpes. That’s what the World Health Organization said on Wednesday for two-thirds of the world population under 50. These are the same people who said that bacon causes cancer early this week.
All together now…
More than 3.7 billion people under the age of 50 suffer from the herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1), usually after catching it in childhood, according to a the WHO study.
That is in addition to 417 million people in the 17-49 age range who have the other form of the disease, HSV-2, which causes genital herpes.
HSV-1 normally causes mouth ulcers rather than genital infection, but it is becoming an increasing cause of genital infection too, mainly in rich countries.