HSV type 1 (HSV-1) is typically transmitted by oral-to-oral contact and causes infection in or around the mouth (oral herpes), but it can also cause genital herpes. HSV-2 is mainly sexually transmitted and causes genital herpes.


In 2016, over 67% of the population, 3.7 billion people under the age of 50 had an HSV-1 infection. HSV-2 affects 491 million (13%) of people aged 15-49 years of age. [LINK]


Although infection is lifelong, supporting overall health and wellbeing can have a significant impact on reducing the severity and frequency of infection. Working with a functional medicine and utilizing anti-inflammatory protocols at PUR-FORM can assist in decreasing the frequency and severity of infections.



Both oral and genital herpes are mostly asymptomatic or unrecognized but can cause painful blisters or ulcers at the site of infection, ranging from mild to severe. Infection is lifelong, and symptoms can recur over many years. Some medications are available to reduce the severity and frequency of symptoms, but they cannot cure the infection.


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