Genital Herpes Issues and Your Family
Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease (STD), therefore,
people with genital herpes generally do not transmit the infection to their children. However, although rare, it is
possible to spread the genital herpes virus without sexual contact. To follow are some facts about herpes simplex
you should know, along with steps you can take to prevent the transmission of the herpes virus to your children.
Protecting Your Family
By being responsible about your personal hygiene and being careful during outbreaks the risk of
transmitting the herpes virus to your children is very low. However, there are some general things you can do to
prevent spreading the herpes virus.
Preventing the spread of Herpes Simplex Virus-1 (HSV-1)
- It may be wise to avoid sharing a drinking cup, cigarette, or lipstick if
you have a cold sore.
Preventing the spread of Herpes Simplex Virus-2 (HSV-2)
- It may be wise to avoid sharing bath towels if you have genital herpes
symptoms. Washing towels, underwear, and other intimate articles with regular soap or detergent will
effectively kill the herpes virus. No special antiviral disinfectants are necessary.
- Avoid touching herpes sores or other physical signs of genital herpes and
be sure to wash your hands thoroughly after contact with the physical genital herpes lesions.
Most often reasonable personal hygiene is all that is necessary to protect your
family from the herpes virus.