Herpes Infections Decline
Your Health Minute
a new government survey finds herpes is becoming less common in in the US.
Despite the drop, just under half of Americans still carry oral herpes , the virus that causes cold sores.
12 percent have genital herpes down from 18 percent in 2000.
Both viruses are transmitted by close contact and can be spread even when there are no sores or other symptoms.
Prevalence of oral and genital herpes increased with age.
Prevalence of both types of herpes was higher among females than males.