How is oral herpes spread?
Most people first contract HSV-1 when they’re very young, usually by skin-to-skin contact with an adult carrying the virus. The virus can spread in various ways: through kissing, or by sharing objects like toothbrushes, water bottles, drinking glasses and silverware. It’s also possible to spread HSV-1 from the mouth to the genitals, eyes and other parts of the body.
If you think you might have herpes labialis but are unsure, please speak to your GP or pharmacist about getting diagnosed. They can identify whether you carry the herpes virus through signs, symptoms and your medical history.