"May 8, 2001 -- Herpes, the saying goes, is forever.
Statistics show that 1 in every 4 people has herpes. These people could be your co-workers, neighbors, or friends from church. People with herpes or HPV come from every walk of life.
Those that choose to find others with the same challenge tend to be highly responsible and respectable individuals.
Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease characterized by frequent outbreaks of blister-like lesions.
Younger people, and those who do not practice safe sex, are often at higher risk for the disease, but anyone who is sexually active can get it.
Eder tells Web MD that about 40% of the women in his study say they "aren't bothered by their herpes status and they almost never think about the infection." He says that about the same percentage of women have very infrequent herpes outbreaks. "These women feel they are caught in the vise of herpes." Eder says ob-gyns may be reluctant to discuss sexually transmitted diseases with older women.