It is a common infection. One in five New Zealanders are infected with HSV. There are two forms of the herpes simplex virus, HSV-1 and HSV-2. HSV-2 is the usual cause of infection around the genital or anal area.
What percent of NZ has herpes?
More than 30% of sexually active adults in NZ have genital herpes. Herpes simplex causes a viral skin condition known as cold sores (on face), whitlows (on fingers) or herpes on genitals or other skin areas.
How common is hsv2 in New Zealand?
Genital herpes is a common infection caused by Herpes Simplex Virus Type One (HSV-1) and Herpes Simplex Virus Type Two (HSV-2) and as many as one in five adults in New Zealand have genital herpes due to HSV-2.
Can you get tested for herpes NZ?
The best way to find out if you have genital herpes is to have a sexual health check-up. This may involve a physical examination and a swab from the affected area to test for HSV. To confirm genital herpes the lab needs to find herpes simplex virus types 1 or 2 (HSV-1 or HSV-2) on a swab.
How close are they to finding a cure for herpes?
There is currently no cure for the virus, but treatments exist that can reduce the symptoms and infectiousness of the disease. Scientists are researching vaccines or compounds that might cure herpes. LetsGetChecked offers at-home testing kits for herpes. Receive online results in 2–5 days.
Can a doctor tell if its herpes?
Your doctor usually can diagnose genital herpes based on a physical exam and the results of certain laboratory tests: Viral culture. This test involves taking a tissue sample or scraping of the sores for examination in the laboratory.