I was bored and decided to do some reading about STD's. I guess pretty much every site out there agrees that 20 percent of men, 25 percent of women, have genital herpes and 50-80* of americans have oral herpes. it said that oral herpes is passed usually when you are a kid. can even just a regular kiss give you it or does there need to be a sore present? Is this stuff an epidemic or just a common human disease? Its hard to beleive if its an epidemic how many people it affects. I thought the percentages would have been like 3 or 5 percent of Americans. This is crazy though, one site says : <i>Ninety percent of all people will have at least one herpes outbreak in their lives. Some children who are affected with cold sores may become seriously ill. However, after the first infection, many people develop antibodies and never have another oral herpes outbreak. About 40% of American adults, however, have repeated oral herpes outbreaks.</i> Also sharing towels can spread it? WTF?!! Thats what the site said here is the source cited: Oral herpes - Forces of Nature Im in my early 20's but jeez, they never told us this stuff in school at all. Is this info accurate? Many sites agree on percentages and data, but i personally find it hard to believe.