Genital herpes in women is more common than in men. In the United States from ages 14-49 years old, 20% of women have genital herpes while only 11% of men (Genital Herpes – CDC Fact Sheet). That makes an average of all Americans in the same age range to be 16%. There is more of a chance of a male passing genital herpes to a female than female-to-male because of there being more exposed mucous membrane. Interestingly, there is a wide variation when race is taken into consideration. Specifically, 48% of black women have genital herpes; overall, 39% of blacks are infected compared to about 12 percent for whites, the CDC said. (Reuters).

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