Dear Everyone, You Probably Have Herpes

Dear Everyone, You Probably Have Herpes

Sex education class scared the bejesus out of me as a child. Gonorrhea, syphilis, chlamydia — it was all too much, too soo. I will never have sex, I thought as a 12 year old. My classmates agreed. We were terrified of “catching" something way worse than cooties: herpes.

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Well, the herpes cuco might just be knocking on our door. A recent study by the World Health Organization (WHO) found that two out of three people under the age of 50 will be diagnosed with Herpes Simplex Virus 1. Herpes 1 causes cold sores on the mouth; Herpes 2 — it’s truly terrifying hermana — causes genital blisters and outbreaks.

What’s even scarier is that many people contract Herpes 1 as children via dry smooches. An infected tia pecks her niece on the lips or a mama covers her baby’s face with kisses, and unknowingly gives them herpes. But, it’s no big deal — really! You’ll get a cold sore on the lips now and then. Just be cautious when an outbreak occurs, as this STI spreads through skin-to-skin contact. So no kissing babies!

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