CNN: Herpes has been around a long time, to say the least. Ancient chimpanzees genetically passed oral herpes (herpes simplex 1, or HSV-1) to the earliest humans millions of years ago when our lineage split. And we almost missed out on catching that other scourge, genital herpes (HSV-2) — almost. Unlike HSV-1, HSV-2 didn’t make the leap to early humans on its own. Unfortunately for modern humans, millions of years ago, an early human ancestor was in the right place at the right time to catch HSV-2. And it might not have happened if it weren’t for that meddling hominin species Paranthropus boisei, according to a new study in the journal Virus Evolution. …
Boisei acted as the in-between agent for genital herpes to make the species jump from primates to humans, researchers say. Ancient chimpanzees, boisei and Homo erectus were all in Africa between 1.4 million and 3 million years ago, in an area where the evolution of modern humans would occur. It would be easy for them to come into contact with each other around water sources. …
The researchers believe that the circle of life caused this transmission, which would have to happen through fluid exchange. Chimpanzee bites or scratches would transfer the virus through sores. So what about the human bloodline? According to the researchers, transfer could have happened through sexual intercourse or Homo erectus consuming boisei — or both. …
Your questions have been answered. If you want to blame your newly inflamed herpes on the strange you took home from the bar, so be it. Point the finger at whomever you’d like, but ultimately the accountability falls on that godforsaken Paranthropus Boisei aka “Nutcracker Man”. We’re not talking Herpes 1 here, people (i.e. Cold sores). We’re talking Herpes 2, genital herpes, the bad kind. On the STD scale, herpes is pretty much equivalent to a black and blue. But the stigma around herpes is nothing to scoff at. Would you rather have herpes and nobody know about it or not have herpes but people think you have it? Let that sink in for a minute.
If my reading comprehension is accurate (disclaimer: I failed to hit 500 on the reading portion of my SATs), then I believe this means this ancient primate transferred Herp 2 through fluid exchange from Paranthropus Boisei to Homo Erectus (that means they fucked). Either that or the Boisei was consumed. I want to classify that as cannibalism, but I believe the Erectus is a more evolved species, the first modern-like (stand up) species. I’m no evolutionist. I’m no doctor. Just a curious mind with more answers today than yesterday in regard to the Herp.
Next up? Pubic lice:
“The researchers are now working with colleagues in South Africa and the United States to learn how other ancient conditions, like human pubic lice, transmitted to modern humans.”