That means you can get herpes by touching, kissing, and oral, vaginal, or anal sex.
People who carry herpes don't always know they have the virus, and they may not have any visible sores on their skin.
The risk of getting an STD from oral sex, or spreading an STD to others through oral sex, depends on a number of things, including It’s important to remember that many infected individuals may be unaware of their infection because STDs often have no symptoms and are unrecognized.
If you are sexually active, you should get tested regularly for STDs and HIV and talk to your partner(s) about STDs.
Nor do they realize that the virus that causes these sores is extremely closely related to the virus that causes genital herpes.
It used to be said that HSV-1 usually causes oral herpes and HSV-2 usually causes genital herpes, but either virus can infect either location.
In fact, a growing percentage of genital herpes infections are caused by HSV-1.
The best way to find out if you have herpes is to see a health care provider if you have pain, blisters, or a sore.
Herpes is spread by skin-to-skin contact with someone who carries the virus.