Two-thirds of the world has herpes virus: WHO

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GENEVA– Scientists for the World Health Organization estimate two-thirds of the world’s population has herpes.

To put that number in perspective– approximately 3.7 billion people under the age of 50 have the incurable HSV-1 virus linked to cold sores and the HSV-2, which is closely associated with genital herpes.

WHO experts say more needs to be done to develop a vaccine for the disease.

“Access to education and information on both types of herpes and sexually transmitted infections is critical to protect young people’s health before they become sexually active,” Dr. Marleen Temmerman, Director of WHO’s Department of Reproductive Health and Research said.

Several drug trials are underway and researchers hope to develop a vaccine that treats both forms of the virus.