How to Prevent Transmission

Posted on 15 April 2011

If you have herpes or know someone who has it you’re probably aware that you can spread it to other if you’re not careful. The best thing you can do is to read about herpes transmission to protect yourself and others.

The first thing you need to know is how you get herpes. Herpes is spread by an infected person’s skin touching another person. It must be direct contact with an infected area for it to transfer.

So, if you have herpes and have sex with someone without protection, you may give him or her herpes. If you have oral herpes and kiss their lips, you may pass oral herpes to them.

If you have oral herpes and perform oral sex, it may be possible to give the person genital herpes. Herpes transmission is very serious!

There are certain times where this is more likely to happen than other times. For example, if you are having a period of active lesions it is more likely that the herpes virus will spread. Even if you’re in the pre-stages before an outbreak, it is very possible.

Therefore if you notice any tingling or itchiness in the area, it is likely that a herpes outbreak will start for you. Even when you take precautions to avoid sex or kissing during an outbreak, it is possible to have herpes transmission.

When you don’t have any symptoms at all and you still give herpes to another person it is called asymptomatic transmission. It goes without saying that even people who don’t know they have the disease can spread it to others. These latent periods are very dangerous because people often think they are safe!

As you get to know your body and the virus a bit better, you’ll be able to tell when you’re about to have an outbreak. Then you’ll know when you need to avoid sexual relations or letting anyone touch that area.

When you are having an outbreak, you have to be really careful not to touch the herpes sore and then touch another area of your body.

It if possible to infect you fingers and eyes. If you have to touch the area to apply medicine or something like that, you have to remember to always wash your hands immediately after that.

Herpes transmission can be avoided if you take the proper measures. It is important to be especially careful during a time of outbreak. If you do take care to monitor the signs your body is giving you, the likelihood of transmission decreases.

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22 Responses to “How to Prevent Transmission”

  1. Zanna says:

    People should read this.

  2. Erika says:

    yea, this is a really good article and
    it should be read by everybody
    young or old

  3. Luis says:

    I have a friend that have herpes in one side of her lips. I let her give me a kiss in my face with her other side of the lips where she don’t have the virus, could I get the virus by that? My skin don’t get in contact with her infected area. I will want to know, maybe I will find in 20 days, but it will good to know more about the kisses. Also, can I kiss her in her face and don’t get the virus? I decide to let her kiss me because she was depressed.

    I was with her some years ago the same day she contracted the virus and she give me a goodbye kiss after I take her to her home and I don’t get the virus.

  4. admin says:

    Hello Luis,

    The virus is passed on by touching the infected area. There are times when the virus is more contagious than others, especially during outbreaks. Also sometimes an infected area can be contagious but show less visible signs. Many times herpes sufferers don’t even know they have it in a given area for months, and even years. I encourage you to educate yourself on the subject, and browse around the site.
    Herpes Information
    Dating With Herpes

  5. Steven says:

    I would like to know, if I have non active, with no out breaks genital herpes and use a condom correctly, how much percent chance there is that my partner will get infected?
    thank you so much.

  6. Claire says:

    I have a friend that wants a physical relationship, and has told me he has herpes. If we were to use a condom, would it prevent me from catching it? Or is there still a chance I could contract the disease?

  7. carmen says:

    I met this wonderful person and we want to have sex but we can’t because I have genital herpes, not oral herpes. I was wondering if there were anyway we could make things work and be together or am I going to be alone forever?…

  8. Stephanie says:

    I know what day i came into contact with herpes (saturday), the following day i had unprotected sex with my boyfriend, does that mean that he has it now?

  9. Christian says:

    This article is not entirely accurate. You do not have to come into contact with infected skin simply during an outbreak or just prior in order to spread herpes. I have herpes, and for years i was extremely promiscuous. I often spread it to other women simply by semen emission even when I had no symptoms whatsoever.

    I had been told by the health department that this was not possible, and they also told me that it takes weeks to cause a breakout once spread. But I saw it cause in outbreak in as little as two or three days.

  10. t says:

    Could herpes infect a baby in a pregnant women?

  11. Jay says:

    My father has just told me he has herpes last week, and now he thinks he has it on his hand. I have a baby and he babysits for me sometimes. He hasn’t touched my baby since he found out he has herpes because he thinks my baby will get it. Is that possible? He uses hand sanitizer and washes his hands constantly, and he is now wearing rubber gloves around my house as well, so he doesn’t “contaminate” anything

  12. alexa says:

    hello am 18 years old now but i got herpes when i was 16. i met this guy who at the time he was 20 years old.i knew his brother and sister so i thought he was a gud guy.when we starded going out he never mention anything about his disease after six months into our relation and having unprotect sex he finaly told me he had the disease..i was realy mad at him n his whole family who knew but never told me anything..he has ruing my whole life because now am stuck with him. i decided to stay because i didnt want to spreed it to someone else…so before going out there and having sex get to know the person and ask them if they ever been test..

  13. toto says:

    in this webside everybody says that, they have a friend,you are who has it. Stop people, be honest and say a have it not a friend

  14. victimless says:

    People with this disease should be more mindful of others when they decide to date.Seemingly, men are passing it aroung and act as if they didn’t know they were infected. You don’t have to have intercourse with a person to get the disease and that the most dangerous thing about it.I read that there are so many people with this disease, not just oral but genital.Is it really a TD, if you can pass it to another person just with contact of that part of a person’s skin? What if its on a person’s hand and you touch their hand, can you contract it? I think that there needs to be additional research and a cure should be somewhere in the making. So, everytime that you see a person with a cold sore or fever blister on their lip or mouth you can assume that its herpes. What should a person do?

  15. Bron says:


    I just want to know when you get herpes,it can be cured,and you take the nescessary treatment,but can herpes come back again and how can you trat it.


  16. James says:

    I know someone who intentional gave herpes to someone on the basis of dislike. It was a few years back when he told me this. At first I thought he was kidding until someone else told me that he told them the same thing.Now this person who is infected doesn’t know they have it and I feel guilty for knowing this about them.What should I do and should get in the middle something that might regret later?

  17. Alice says:

    First off there is NO knowen cure for HSV. I have looked for one.The best thing you can do is keep your immune system as healthy as possible, i have taken to a shot of wheatgrass and superfoods to help me keep my body healthy.And eat a healthy diet. Bur there are Rx’s out there for HSV(but does not cure)it just helps your body fight the virus so you dont break out.My personal choice is to let my body build up the anti-bodies naturaly.I have only had one outbreak, and have had the virus for 10 months.HSV is a life long issue untill they find a cure.But they do now have a blood test for if you don’t have HSV do yourself a favor get your partners TESTED.I have not had it for very long and I am still learning about this STD I now have to deal with for the rest of my life.It sucks it makes find a partner hard, but that does not stop me from being honest about it, one way to stop the spread of HSV to to make sure you do your part not to spread it, if you know you have it.But you know it’s not the end, because you can have a happy relationship with HSV, because when love is real, and it really comes down to it, relationship are about SO much more then sex. If someone is going to love you they are going to love ALL of you not pick and choose which parts they get to love..Don’t lose hope…YOU ARE NOT ALONE

  18. AAA says:

    hi .this is good site to help people.

  19. Mychal says:

    Im very curious about something. I mistakenly touch a cold sore on someone’s lip and immediately washed my hands. Can herpes penetrate the finger tip region? Does it affect areas like the inside of the palm and other places other from the lips, eyes etc? Because i was told the virus can only remain on the surface of certain parts of the body but will not harm.

  20. Kyle says:

    Hey guys, I was just diagnosed with HSV-2 3 days ago and I’ve researched a lot of the more popular questions with herpes and how to reduce the risk of transmission. I’m under the assumption that herpes 2 (genital) can be spread from touching the sores and
    Touching a different part of your body? But I’ve also heard that the
    Virus it’s self does not live long out side of the skin . So if I touch my sores to feel them and
    Unconsciously scratch my face or, I don’t know, give my buddy a high five 5 minutes later; are these possible scenarios for HSV transmission? And also, if I kiss anybody while having only genital herpes; is there a possibility that I can give it to them from mouth to mouth even though it wouldn’t be direct contact with an infected area . Thanks and sorry for the obvious questions but I’d like to hear the answers from you guys to
    Have some self assurance. Thanks!

  21. Laura says:

    Iam talking to this guy that has told me has herpes. Iam wanting to know the medications to help prevent me from tansmitting Herpes. I like this guy a lot and we both want physical contact with one another but we are scared i will catch it. will you please help me with this matter??

  22. Laura says:

    I have this guy friend who Iam talking to. we both want physical and sexual contact but he cannot wear a condom. He caught the disease not by sex, but by letting a man give him a tattoo and the guy used a dirty needle. Ireally would like to know the medications to help prevent me from catching the disease. Thank you so much. it would help me out a lot!!

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