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GENEVA (Reuters) – Two-thirds of the world’s population under 50 have the highly infectious herpes virus that causes cold sores around the mouth, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday, in its first estimate of global prevalence of the disease.

More than 3.7 billion people under the age of 50 suffer from the herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1), usually after catching it in childhood, according to a the WHO study.

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That is in addition to 417 million people in the 15-49 age range who have the other form of the disease, HSV-2, which causes genital herpes.

HSV-1 normally causes mouth ulcers rather than genital infection, but it is becoming an increasing cause of genital infection too, mainly in rich countries.

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That is because improved hygiene in rich countries is lowering HSV-1 infection rates in childhood, leaving young people more at risk of catching it via oral sex when they become sexually active.

HSV-2 can increase the risk of catching and spreading HIV, the disease that causes AIDS. Little is known about any link between HSV-1 and HIV/AIDS, although it can lead to other serious complications such as encephalitis.

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Natural Therapies for Herpes Infections From Dr. Mercola

The following remedies have been found effective in treating herpes infections:

  • Lysine (an essential amino acid)
  • Aloe vera
  • Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis)
  • Resveratrol (a very potent antioxidant from grape seed)
  • Garlic
  • Lactoferrin (a potent antimicrobial protein found in colostrum)

In addition to these remedies, which all tend to work, in my experience, the two approaches that work the very best are a homeopathic formulation and the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT).  You can generally find homeopathics especially formulated for either herpes simplex or herpes zoster. I’ve found them to be surprisingly effective. They’re also non-toxic so they’re very safe, with virtually no side effects.

 

This article was republished with permission from medicaldaily.com.

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