Genital herpes is a common sexually transmitted infection caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). While it may be uncomfortable or distressing to receive a diagnosis of genital herpes, it is important to remember that it is a common condition that affects many people.
According to the World Health Organization, an estimated 491 million people between the ages of 15 and 49 years old have HSV-2, the strain of the virus most commonly associated with genital herpes. Additionally, many people with genital herpes may not experience symptoms or may mistake their symptoms for other conditions, which can make it difficult to determine how many people are affected.
Although there is no cure for herpes, antiviral medications can help manage symptoms and reduce the risk of transmission. It is important to communicate openly and honestly with sexual partners about herpes and take appropriate precautions, such as using condoms or abstaining from sexual activity during outbreaks, to reduce the risk of transmission.