Question: How common is herpes in Canada?

Genital herpes is a common condition. One analysis estimates that 14% of people between 14 and 59 years of age in Canada have HSV-2. Genital herpes is a recurrent, chronic infection; however it is a manageable condition.

Is it illegal to not tell someone you have herpes in Canada?

In Canada, its a crime not to disclose HIV or another STI before having sex that poses a “significant risk of serious bodily harm.” However, most prosecutions have been strictly related to HIV and hardly any have been related to herpes, syphilis, chlamydia or other STIs.

Can a urine test detect herpes?

Herpes Testing If you only want to be tested for herpes, there is a herpes swab available. We can also test for herpes from a urine sample if you have urethral symptoms, and other possible causes (such as Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea) have been eliminated.

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