Genital herpes is a topic not readily discussed in the course of
normal conversation. However, if you’re aged 25 and over, and are
sexually active with multiple partners, then it would be wise to be
tested for genital herpes.

A recent study in Australia revealed that at least one in eight
people in that country have genital herpes. If that sounds alarming then
it should be. A first nation-wide study also found herpes was most
prevalent in people aged 35 to 44 and city folk were more likely to be
carrying the virus than their countryside cousins.

So what to do? Being
a little less promiscuous could be the answer but this would only be a
superficial fix. The problem lies in the fact that at least 80% of
people who have genital herpes don’t know they have it. And it’s fair to
say those who contract the virus do so innocently. Many affected people
who pass it on are unaware they have it, as they don’t experience the

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The obvious answer once again is to get tested, especially if you’ve had multiple partners.

Why are people reluctant to be tested? Is there are kind of aura of
shame with knowing you have genital herpes? Medical experts will tell
you don’t be embarrassed, the sooner you have the condition treated the
better. Makes sense. So why don’t people get tested or why do they delay
the process?

Maybe more educational programs should be put in place, but from
where I sit, I think the proper authorities have performed a good job in
making the community aware of their responsibilities in this area.

The news is not so good for women. Twice as many women are likely to
contract genital herpes than men, simply because of their physiological
make up. This doesn’t suggest men have less responsibility in getting
tested than women. It’s a two-way street.

The study found the prevalence of herpes varies from country to
country with genital herpes being more prevalent in some, while oral
herpes was confirmed at a higher rate in others.

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Get over any short time embarrassment you may experience initially and do the sensible thing, not just if you have multiple partners. if it doesn’t feel right, consult your doctor.

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