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World Health Organization: 67% of world's population has herpes

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The World Health organization says that the majority of people are infected with Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1.
The report, released by WHO on Wednesday, says that 2/3 of people under the age of 50 are infected with HSV-1, the simplex of the disease typically associated with cold sores.
The new estimates highlight that HSV-1 can also be a cause of genital herpes, which typically associated with Herpes Simplex Virus 2 (HSV-2); those cases are typically found in the Americas, Europe and the Western Pacific. 
WHO says fewer people in high-income countries are becoming infected with the virus as children because of better living conditions, but they're at risk of contracting later in life when they become sexually active.
"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," according to Dr. Marleen Temmerman, the World Health Organization's Department of Reproductive Health and Research Director.
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