So the Valtrex commercial just came on. You know the one. "Take once daily Valtrex to reduce the risk of spreading Herpes to others" (or something like that). Generally, that commercial scares the hell out of me. One out of five people?? Yikes. I'm very prone to cold sores of the mouth, which I find to be quite enough, thanks very much. When I hear those kinds of statistics on genital herpes, it just gives me the heebie-jeebies. *shudder*
Anyway, one of the statistics they give in the ad says "Up to 70% of people who had genital herpes got it from their partner when they had no signs or symptoms of an outbreak". Upon first hearing that I thought "Jesus! 70%!!" but then I read the quote again and thought "Actually, why is that number not 100%?"
Think about it. If 70% of people got herpes from their partner when they weren't showing any symptoms, that means 30% of people got herpes from partners who WERE showing symptoms. To put that into perspective, that means 30% of people who have herpes got it because they had sex with someone whose naughty bits looked like this* at the time.
Can they not have? Thanks.
*Link SO NOT safe for work.