WHO says We Might Have Herpes?  

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), about two thirds of the population below fifty years old have herpes virus that can cause cold sores in the mouth. On a report released by WHO on October 28, more than three billion people below fifty suffer herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1).

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Apart from the three billion people, there is an additional four hundred million people from fifteen to forty nine years old who have other forms of herpes like the HSV-2. In this particular case, let us get to know more of the HSV-1 and HSV-2.

Here are some things we should know about it:

  • What is herpes simplex virus 1 and 2: HSV-1 can affect an infant. The virus can be spread through skin to skin contact. A child can also get infected from kiss, sharing towel and sharing utensils. HSV-2 can be transmitted only through sexual contacts.

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  • What happens once we are affected? The bad news is that once we are affected with herpes, the virus will not leave the body. The virus will spread from the skin cells down to our nerve cells and once it is in the nerve cells, it will stay there for as long as we live. The virus will just be there making it dormant until it will be activated again. We have to be careful of triggers like stress, surgery, fever, sun exposure and many more.

There are cases here in Singapore but not that widespread. We have to be careful of this since there are times that it can spread just by touching the sore. We have to consult our physician right away if we think we are infected.

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