Share of U.S. Americans with herpes simplex virus type 1 U.S. 1999-2016, by ethnicity

This statistic shows the percentage of U.S. Americans who had herpes simplex virus type one, commonly known as oral herpes, from 1999 to 2016, by ethnicity. In 2015-2016, around 72 percent of Mexican-Americans had oral herpes.

Prevalence of herpes simplex virus type 1 in the U.S. from 1999 to 2016, by ethnicity

Non-Hispanic whiteNon-Hispanic blackMexican-AmericanTotal
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Release date

February 2018


United States

Survey time period

1999 to 2016

Number of respondents

over 9,000

Age group

14-49 years

Method of interview

Face-to-face interview

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