How to spread herpes in a new generation
More than 90% of U.S. adults are at risk for herpes.
While most people are at low risk for contracting the virus, those with weakened immune systems are at a higher risk.
As of August 31, the CDC reported that more than 1 million people in the U.K. had acquired the virus in the last year.
The disease is spread through direct contact with the skin and through contact with blood, semen, vaginal secretions and vaginal fluids.
Some strains of the virus are more infectious than others, and some strains of HSV-2 are transmitted through contact, such as with a needle or a toothbrush.
So, what is the risk?
Here are some of the key things to know about HSV, including the best ways to prevent it.