by Dr. H., Medical Director www.herpes.org
Earlier in the history of the understanding of herpes infections the medical and social management of the diseases caused by these viruses seemed easy: Patients were told to avoid having physical contact with possibly susceptible areas of other persons’ bodies when obvious symptoms were present, such as redness or blisters. Yet, a tremendous increase of persons now harboring herpes simplex virus in the genital area has occurred over the last twenty years. This vast growth in the numbers of herpes sufferers – now totaling over fifty million people in America alone – has not seemed to be readily explained by the much, much smaller number of persons who actually had obvious genital infections.
This information has caused scientists to examine how the virus spreads. The conclusions have been nothing short of astonishing.