“No parent kissing their child or partner kissing their girlfriend wants to pass along the Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV), but people should be aware this is the main method of transmission. Once you have been infected with HSV-1 or HSV-2, the virus stays in your body for life and can reactivate at any time,” the Australian media quoted AHMF’s Executive Director Tricia Berger.
“If you have a herpes sore on or near your mouth, it is likely that you’ll pass the virus along to whomever you kiss. It is also possible to transmit the virus even when there are no apparent sores or symptoms, but the risk is higher when the sores are visible,” Berger mentioned.
HSV-1 is the variant of the virus in any other case known as chilly sores. It is usually acquired as a baby from contact, usually a kiss, with grownup relations.
Berger mentioned the herpes danger posed by kissing can be the principle theme of a brand new neighborhood service consciousness marketing campaign. Television and radio adverts shall be aired nationally from August as much as National Herpes Awareness Day, in October.