Infants can contract herpes from a loved one with a single kiss, if the loved one has a cold sore (5-8%) or is shedding the virus without an obvious lesion.
An undeveloped immune system is susceptible to the herpes virus.
However, the signs and symptoms will tell you that you have been infected with it.
Women and men have similar symptoms mostly, but there are many differences between males and females.
Usually, HSV-1 is the virus associated with oral herpes, and HSV-2 is the virus associated with genital herpes.
It could cause bumps, lumps, a rash and cold sores that contain a fluid.
Actually, if the mother experiences her primary or first outbreak while she is pregnant, it can cause serious effects to the fetus, even birth defects.
It is possible for the virus to cross the placenta and infect the fetus causing CNS (central nervous system) disease, neonatal herpes, encephalitis, or even death.
Some newborns contract herpes if they are born vaginally, especially if there is lesion present.The most accurate way for a doctor to diagnose herpes is to visually see the symptoms of it.Most people who are infected with HSV-2 are not aware of their infection.Positive Singles.com* (PS) is the largest online dating service for people with Herpes and other STDs.With tens of thousands of members, Positive Singles is NOT exclusively for people with herpes.
Children can also contract herpes at day care centers or areas where there are many children and care takers having direct contact and toys that children can put in their mouths.