Even with the cloud of confusion shrouding herpes, one thing everyone agrees on is that it is one of the most common STDs, it is not life-threatening, and most people who have Herpes Type 2 (a whopping 81%) don’t know they have it.
Statistically, if you have had sex with more than four women or more than five men, you have already had sex with someone carrying the Herpes Type 2 virus. The reality is, most people with herpes don’t know they have it because the majority of the time, it's dormant and inactive... although still transmittable.
Actually, the Center for Disease Control’s website advocates NOT TESTING for Herpes because there is no proof that knowing if you have the disease or not will alter sexual behavior and thus limit transmission. Because there’s no proof of the benefits of testing, “the risk of shaming and stigmatizing people outweighs the potential benefits. For these reasons, testing everyone for Herpes is not recommended at this time.”