Studies show that now people can be infected by both herpes simplex virus 1 and herpes simplex virus 2 in the genital region. Women are some prone to getting infected. Furthermore, oral and vaginal sex can lead a woman to being infected by HSV 1.
Studies show that a woman is 9 times more likely to be infected by HSV 1 via oral sex than someone who have no sex at all. Vaginal sex makes a woman six times more like to get infected by HSV 1.
The worrying matter is that even if a person is infected by HSV 2, it does not mean the person cannot be affected by HSV 1 or be protected from it.
Studies also show that women are more likely to get herpes than man. Some studies argue that this is due to the fact that women tend to have more delicate skin, which can lead to a higher chance of microscopic lacerations. These lacerations can easily welcome all kinds of microorganisms, bacteria, viruses, etc. hence the genital herpes virus is welcomed into the body without the person even being aware of the matter.
HSV 1 is more commonly known for causes cold sores or fever blisters in younger children. However, due to stricter disciple and a higher maintenance of hygiene, children are becoming less and less likely to suffer from cold sores or fever blisters. This makes them vulnerable to acquiring genital herpes later on in life from HSV 1, which is now proven to also affect the genital area.
Researchers are now looking for a vaccine that will protect against both herpes simplex virus 1 and herpes simplex virus 2. The genital herpes is increasingly becoming an epidemic, and researchers worry about finding a solution to this as soon as they possible can, and also find a way to create a vaccine to protect the future generations from this sorry fate of herpes.