Genital herpes virus

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Twenty percent of Americans over age 12 carry the genital herpes virus, report researchers at the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The alarming occurrence of the virus--a 30 percent increase over a 1970s' study--is partly the result of young people not practicing safe sex, the report states. Herpes can be transmitted through sexual activity and also by touching and kissing. The disease cannot be cured. (New England Journal of Medicine, Oct. 16)

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