Researchers in England believe theyve found him, or at least his species: Paranthropus boisei, a heavyset, bipedal hominin likely passed the first case of genital herpes to our ancient ancestors.
Who started herpes?
The virus originated in chimpanzees, jumping into humans 1.6 million years ago.
When was the first case of herpes?
Research by a team of scientists based at Englands Cambridge and Oxford universities, published in the journal Virus Evolution, has found that proto-humans reacquired the herpes simplex-2 virus (HSV2), responsible for genital herpes, somewhere between three and 1.4 million years ago.
How do the first person get herpes?
How do you get herpes? Herpes is easily spread from skin-to-skin contact with someone who has the virus. You can get it when your genitals and/or mouth touch their genitals and/or mouth — usually during oral, anal, and vaginal sex.