How do you get HSV 1 as a child?

Kids can get HSV-1 by kissing or touching a person with cold sores, or by sharing eating utensils, towels, or other items with an infected person. Many kids get infected with HSV-1 during the preschool years.

Can you get HSV-1 without being sexually active?

You can get the virus without having sex. To avoid infection: Avoid skin-to-skin and sexual contact. Condoms, when used correctly, can reduce the risk of getting genital herpes.

Is HSV-1 passed genetically?

There’s a high probability that people who are prone to herpes simplex virus (HSV) outbreaks can inherit that susceptibility through their genes, University of Utah researchers report in a new study.

How common is HSV-1 in children?

Conclusions: HSV-1 is a common infection in US children, with more than 25% infected by age 7.

Can HSV be passed to children?

A: Herpes simplex is a virus that can be passed from mother to baby, and potentially cause a serious infection in a newborn.

Can I kiss my baby if I have hsv1?

A baby is most at risk of getting a herpes infection in the first 4 weeks after birth. You should not kiss a baby if you have a cold sore to reduce the risk of spreading infection. Cold sores and other blisters caused by the herpes virus are at their most contagious when they burst.

Can HSV 1 be cured?

Herpes simplex viruses (HSV) are part of a larger family of herpesviruses. They are very common — affecting about 90% of adults worldwide — and can cause painful ulcers in or around the mouth or genitals. Unfortunately, there is no cure for HSV infections, and people need to manage their outbreaks with medications.

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