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CDC Study Finds U.S. Herpes Rates Remain High
Date:3/9/2010

ATLANTA, March 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- About 1 in 6 Americans (16.2 percent) between the ages of 14 and 49 is infected with herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2), according to a national health survey released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  HSV-2 is a lifelong and incurable infection that can cause recurrent and painful genital sores.

The findings, presented at the 2010 National STD Prevention Conference, indicate that herpes remains one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in the United States.  

The new estimate, for 2005-2008, comes from CDC's National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), a nationally representative survey of the U.S. household population that assesses a broad range of health issues.  

The findings suggest relatively stable HSV-2 prevalence si
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