The World Health Organization Says You Probably Have Herpes

If your weekend escapades have you worried you might be at risk for an STD, there’s good news! The World Health Organization released their study last week that says you probably already have herpes! See, nothing to worry about.

The WHO study reports more than 3.7 billion people (yes, billion, with a B) under the age of 50 have herpes simplex virus type 1 or HSV-1. That’s about 67% of the world’s population, btw.  The WHO estimates 6 million women and 5 million men aged  0-49 in the Americas contracted HSV-1 in 2012.

HSV-1 is the cold sore-type herpes. It’s primarily transferred by oral-oral contact. So you hope that rando you kissed this weekend wasn’t using fake vampire blood to cover up their most recent flare-up.

HSV-2, on the other hand, is transmitted sexually a.k.a genital herpes, and if you’re not freaked out enough by all these statistics, or you just think you’re in the clear, you can transfer HSV-1 by mouth hugging someone’s yogurt gun or catch their HSV-2 on your mouth the same way. Aren’t communicable diseases fun?!

So while your Halloween fun is over for the year, herpes is for life. You’re welcome. 


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