These are few of the scientifically proven facts about Herpes and HSV which the common people aren't aware of: 1. Genital herpes is quite common in the USA with almost 776,000 cases of herpes infections reported every year. 2. Almost 80% of people with genital herpes are unaware of their condition since the symptoms are mostly mild to negligible. 3. HSV can also cause "pink eye" or conjunctivitis 4. The Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) belongs to a family of virus knows as the herpesvirus family. Another virus under this category includes EBV (Epstein Barr virus responsible for Mono) and varicella-zoster virus (causing chicken pox and shingles). In essence, HSV is omnipresent - millions of cases of HSV infection are reported every year worldwide. One must practice complete hygiene - be it in the kitchen, bathroom, or the bedroom.