How common is herpes in India?


The prevalence of herpes in India is difficult to determine because it depends on the type of herpes and the population being studied. However, according to the Indian Journal of Dermatology, Venereology, and Leprology, the seroprevalence of herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) in India is estimated to be 70-90%, which means that a large portion of the population has been exposed to the virus at some point in their lives. The seroprevalence of herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2), which is the type that causes genital herpes, is estimated to be around 15-20% in India. However, these estimates may vary depending on the region and population being studied. It is important to note that many people with herpes may not show symptoms or may not seek medical attention, so the actual number of cases in India may be higher than reported.

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