Genital herpes is caused by the herpes simplex virus and is transmitted through sexual activity. It causes blisters or groups of open sores (ulcers) around the genital area of both men and women. It is highly contagious, and carriers can transmit the disease without even knowing they have it. There is no cure for genital herpes–medications only treat outbreaks and minimize the symptoms.
Here are a few statistics from America:
*Approximately 1 in 6 (16%) of all Americans age 14-49 are infected with the Herpes virus.
*Approximately one million new infections occur each year.
*The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that more than 80% of people with genital herpes do not even know they are infected.
As you can see, my country is reaping a terrible harvest due to our sexual laxity.
I’m having trouble finding good statistics on the Philippines, but one study I found showed about 9% of middle-aged women were infected with HSV-2 (genital herpes).
Herpes is a life-long, incurable disease–a disease you can avoid by obeying God and saving sex for marriage.
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