How do you get oral herpes?

Herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) is spread through saliva or blisters on the skin during a oral herpes outbreak.

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.

Read tips on how to avoid the spread

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.

Read about treating herpes labialis

You can manage the symptoms of HSV-1