Generally, a person can only get HSV-2 infection during sexual contact with someone who has a genital HSV-2 infection.
There are many articles stating that you can catch both HSV-1 and HSV-2 in the genital area.So be aware when dating and know what form of herpes you have. It is estimated that 50 percent to 80 percent of the American adult population has oral herpes.Some of these viruses are called "high-risk" types, and may cause abnormal Pap tests.They may also lead to cancer of the cervix, vulva, vagina, anus, or penis.Others are called "low-risk" types, and they may cause mild Pap test abnormalities or genital warts.
Genital warts are single or multiple growths or bumps that appear in the genital area, and sometimes are cauliflower shaped. Approximately 20 million people are currently infected with HPV.
Nationwide, at least 45 million people ages 12 and older, or one out of five adolescents and adults, have had genital HSV infection.
Between the late 1970s and the early 1990s, the number of Americans with genital herpes infection increased 30 percent.
Genital HSV-2 infection is more common in women (approximately one out of four women) than in men (almost one out of five).
This may be due to male-to-female transmissions being more likely than female-to-male transmission. HSV-1 and HSV-2 can be found in and released from the sores that the viruses cause, but they also are released between outbreaks from skin that does not appear to be broken or to have a sore.
About 6.2 million Americans get a new genital HPV infection each year. The types of HPV that infect the genital area are spread primarily through genital contact.