How is herpes transferred?

Herpes is spread directly through skin to skin contact. In other words if you have a cold sore and kiss someone, you may transfer the virus to their mouth. the same applies to active genital herpes. If you have genital herpes and have vaginal or anal intercourse, your partner may become infected as well. Keep in mind that, if you have a cold sore and have oral sex, you can give your partner genital herpes. Herpes is most readily passed on when a sore is present. it is also more likely to be spread during what are referred to as "Prodromal Symptoms" this is when itching, tingling or other sensations are noticed on the affected area, before anything is visible.

There is also a possibility that this infection spreads between visible outbreaks. This is known as "Asymptomatic Transmission."

Herpes simplex infections are often spread by people who don't know they are infected. These people may have very mild symptoms or don't recognize them as herpes. Often genital herpes infections may be caught from persons who are asymptomatic "Shedders" of the virus. People that recognise the symptoms of herpes are less likely to spread this infection. and by avoiding direct contact during and around outbreaks in most cases a transfer of the infection can be avoided. The use of condoms can also decrease the risk of sexual infection.