WHO: Most People In The World Have Some Kind Of Herpes
The World Health Organization announced the results of a study that says more than 4 billion people have some form of the herpes virus.By Grant Suneson | October 29, 2015
Fresh off the revelation that bacon might give you cancer, the World Health Organization estimates over 4 billion people under 50 have the herpes virus. That's roughly two-thirds of the demographic.
About 90 percent of those cases are the milder variety, herpes simplex virus type one, or HSV-1. It's usually spread by oral contact and generally results in cold sores around the mouth.
But the group estimates there are more than 140 million cases of HSV-1 that have resulted in genital sores.