Herpes Simplex Virus: Who Gets And Causes




Who gets herpes simplex?

Most people get HSV-1 (herpes simplex type 1) as an infant or child. The virus can be spread by means of skin-to-skin contact with an adult carrying the virus. An adult does not have to have sores to spread the virus.

NOTE: A child can get this virus from an infected adults. A kiss, eating from the same utensils, or sharing a towel can spread the virus.

A person usually gets HSV-2 (herpes simplex type 2) through sexual contact. About 20% of sexually active adults in the United States carry HSV-2. Some people are more likely to get HSV-2.

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These people:

    • Are female.
    • Have many sex partners.
    • Had sex for the first time at a young age.
    • Have (or had) some other sexually transmitted infections.
    • Have a weakened immune system due to illness or medicine.

What are the causes of herpes simplex?

Herpes simplex virus from person to person through close contact. You can sore herpes simplex virus from touching a herpes. However, most people who get herpes simplex from an infected person who does not have wounds. Doctors call this “asymptomatic viral shedding.”

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How do people get herpes around the mouth?

A person with HSV-1 (Herpes Simplex Type 1) it can to someone else by:

    • Kisses.
    • Touching the skin of the person, such as pinching a child’s cheek.
    • Sharing objects such as silver, lip balm, or a razor.

How do people get herpes on the genitals

You can get genital herpes after contact with HSV-1 or HSV-2. Most people get genital herpes from HSV-2 who get it during sex. If someone has a cold sore and oral sex can, HSV-1 to spread it in the genitals – and cause herpes sores on the genitals.




Mothers can pass the herpes virus to her baby during birth. If the baby during the first episode of genital herpes the mother is born, the baby may have serious problems.

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What happens if you have HSV-1 or HSV-2?

Once a person is infected with a herpes virus, the virus never leaves the body. After the first outbreak, the virus moves from skin cells into nerve cells. The virus remains in the nerve cells forever. But usually there remains only. At this stage the virus is to sleep, or inactive. But it can become active again.

Some things that can trigger (wake up) the virus are:

  • Stress.
  • Disease.
  • Fever.
  • Sunlight.
  • Menstruation.
  • Surgery.



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