Your high school sex ed teacher may have scared you with the shocking statistic that 1 in 5 people has herpes — but it turns out, the world is much more infected than that!
On Wednesday, the World Health Organization said that two-thirds of the world's population has the virus that causes cold sores!
According to a new report, 3.7 BILLION people under the age of 50 have the incurable herpes virus. This includes herpes simplex 1 virus (HSV-1) which is usually caught in childhood, and genital herpes (HSV-2) which is sexually transmitted.
But the new report shows that HSV-1 can also cause genital sores to develop — and oral sex is becoming the most prominent way it's transmitted!
The WHO research team said: