What is Herpes?
While most people consider herpes only to be a STD, the term actually refers to a family of highly contagious viruses that can cause a range of illnesses, from the more common cold sores, genital herpes, and chicken pox to less common brain infections (encephalitis) and even certain cancers, depending on what type of herpes virus is present.
How is Herpes Transmitted?
HSV is transmitted through direct skin contact with an infected person. The virus enters the body through tiny breaks or openings in the skin or mucus membranes, and while our skin provides an effective defense barrier against such an invasion, certain areas are more susceptible and vulnerable to such attacks.
While there are often concerns that herpes, especially genital herpes, can be transmitted via inanimate objects such as shared towels and toilet seats, this is highly rare due to the fragility of the actual virus. The herpes virus needs certain conditions to survive and thus it doesn't survive long after it leaves the body.