Over 70% of people with genital herpes acquire it from partner who has no apparent symptoms.health and fitness Updated: Sep 23, 2003 19:43 IST
Genital herpes is more common than realised, affecting up to 20% of the adult population
Many people experience no apparent symptoms, but others may experience recurring episodes
Approximately 80% of people with the virus are unaware they have it, but can still pass it on
Over 70% of people with genital herpes acquire it from partner who has no apparent symptoms and is unaware they are infected
Using condoms can help prevent transmission of herpes, but it cannot guarantee total protection
Oral cold sores and genital herpes are both caused by the herpes simplex virus and can be transmitted by oral-to-oral, oral-to-genital or genital-to-genital contact
Effective treatments are available to help control symptoms but they can only be obtained from a doctor.
If you would like more information visit the International Herpes Alliance website atwww.herpesalliance.orgwhich also has listings of American support groups and helplines.