According to the Center for Disease Control, genital herpes is a very common infection with over 45 million people infected in the United States, beginning from the age of 12 years old onwards. Put into perspective, one out of five people within this age range are infected with Herpes Simplex 2.
The virus is more prevalent in women by a factor of 20% which is probably because transmission from male to female is more effective than the other way around.
45.9% of all infections are carried by blacks while 17.6% of sufferers are white which correlates directly to the overall quality of life experienced by these groups. People living in poverty with little or no access to quality health care and are more exposed to drug abuse are more likely to suffer from the disease.
Ongoing genital herpes statistics research since the late 1970s, indicate the number of Americans with genital herpes infection has increased 30%. The largest increase is currently occurring in young white teens. HSV-2 infection is now five times more common in 12- to 19-year-old whites, and it is twice as common in young adults ages 20 to 29 than it was 20 years ago.