20% of people test positive for type 2, and 65-90% test positive for type 1, depending on their age group.
When doctors say that half of everyone has herpes, or almost everyone has it, etc, they are talking about type 1.
I still think that they should test for both, and here's why.
I think it's obvious why people should know whether or not they have type 2; so they can reduce the risk to partners.
Type 1 is a little more tricky because it is considered to be the incredibly common cold sore virus. But the common cold sore virus is actually a sexually transmittable disease. Even more tricky is that most people have it and are capable of transmitting it, but the only people who are capable of it being transmitted to are those who don't already have it, and they are in the minority. which is why i personally think that in the case of type 1, you are more testing to see if you DON'T have it than if you do. Because if you don't have it, you will know that you are at risk while receiving unprotected oral sex from the majority of people. (or kissing them, if you're worried about getting it orally.) and you can make decisions based on what precautions you would or would not want to take against getting it.
what an experience you went through. at least you are now aware, and you now have empathy you would have never had before.