Even if there are no visible lesions, herpes can be spread through a process known as shedding. During shedding, the herpes virus is active on the skin, usually where the person has had symptoms before. As a result, any type of genital, oral, or skin-to-skin contact with the virus may transmit it. There is no way to know when another person is shedding, but safer sex practices significantly minimize the risk of contracting herpes.
- Q Does herpes simplex affect children differently than adults?
- Q Is it possible to spread a herpes infection from my mouth to my eye?
- Q Can homosexual partners get herpes?
- Q Is herpes simplex serious?
- Q Should monogamous couples get tested for herpes simplex virus type 2?
- Q Are all herpes viruses the same viral skin infection?