Status: Baseline only

Baseline only

Most Recent Data:
2.9 percent (2013-16)

2.9 percent

Desired Direction:
Decrease desired

2.9 percent of the population aged 15 to 24 years had serologic evidence of HSV-2 during 2013-16

Reduce the proportion of adolescents and young adults with herpes simplex virus-2 (HSV-2)

Target-Setting Method
Maintain the baseline


There’s no cure for herpes. Genital herpes, or HSV-2, usually doesn’t cause any symptoms, so most people with genital herpes don’t know they have it. Testing people who have herpes symptoms and treating genital herpes with antiviral medication make it less likely that people will pass the virus to others.