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Even if it does not manifest symptoms, the virus will continue to live in an infected person’s nerve cells. Others will only experience one outbreak after they have been infected and then the virus may become dormant.Even if a virus is dormant, certain stimuli can trigger an outbreak.It is estimated that around 20 percent of sexually active adults in the United States are infected with HSV-2, according to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD).While HSV-2 infections are spread through contact with a herpes sore, the AAD reports that most people get HSV-1 from an infected person who is asymptomatic, or does not have sores.
Herpes can appear in various parts of the body, most commonly on the genitals or mouth. The herpes simplex virus is a contagious virus that can be passed from person to person through direct contact.
Anyone can be infected with HSV, regardless of age.
Your risk is based almost entirely on exposure to the infection.
Infection with HSV-1 can happen from general interactions such as: The virus spreads more quickly when an infected person is experiencing an outbreak.
Anywhere from 30 to 95 percent of adults are seropositive for HSV-1, though they may never experience an outbreak.