A recent study concluded that cooties is not a real thing, but you do have herpes. More than half of Americans have oral herpes and one in six have genital herpes. Reports say that you definitely have one or the other. It’s not even a question, according to researchers. Even if you don’t think you have herpes, you do. If you aren’t showing symptoms yet, you are simply a carrier. Before engaging in any type of sexual activities with anyone, let them know that you are infected. If you find it difficult to be broach the topic and want to lessen the blow, you can also just say that you have cooties.