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Diseases » Herpes » Contagiousness
 

Is Herpes Contagious?

Transmission of Herpes from Person to Person

Herpes is considered to be contagious between people. Generally the infectious agent may be transmitted by saliva, air, cough, fecal-oral route, surfaces, blood, needles, blood transfusions, sexual contact, mother to fetus, etc.
Herpes, although infectious, is not a genetic disease. It is not caused by a defective or abnormal gene.
The contagious disease, Herpes, can be transmitted:

  • by sexual conduct between people.
  • from person to person by blood.
  • from the mother to her fetus.
  • from person to person by saliva, air, coughing, contact, surfaces, fecal-oral route, etc.

Contagion summary:

Spread by direct contact, or sexually; different types of herpes have different contagion.

Contagiousness properties for Herpes:

  Contagious by sex?: Yes

  Contagious by oral sex?: Yes

  Contagious by anal sex?: Yes

  Contagious by vaginal sex?: Yes

  Contagious by physical contact (non-sexual)?: Yes

About contagion and contagiousness:

Contagion and contagiousness refers to how easily the spread of Herpes is possible from one person to another. Other words for contagion include "infection", "infectiousness", "transmission" or "transmissability". Contagiousness has nothing to do with genetics or inheriting diseases from parents. For an overview of contagion, see Introduction to Contagion.

 

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