Almost one in six Americans is infected with herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2).HSV-2, one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in the United States, is a serious and incurable infection that lasts a lifetime, causing recurrent and painful genital sores, states the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Dr. Kevin Fenton, director of the CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention, says “Preventing STDs is a public health challenge that we, as a nation, cannot afford to ignore.”
The prevalence of HSV-2 has remained stable at around 17 percent of the U.S. population, the same as the last survey which was done from 1999 to 2004.
Even though there is no cure for the herpes simplex virus type 2 STD, it is possible to reduce the frequency and severity of the infection using nonprescription medication. Here is a link to clinical trial studies on one of these very effective nonprescription viral antiseptics.