Transmission of Herpes Virus
VIRUS TRANSMISSION
Human herpes virus 1 (HHV1) or herpes simplex virus 1
Infection is contagious and is usually spread from an infected person via small breaks in the skin or mucous membrane.

HSV-1 can also be transmitted to the genitals through direct skin-to-skin contact, often via oral sex. It also spreads by kissing.

It spreads through sharing things like crockery and cutlery, razors and towels with a person who has an active lesion.

It may be transmitted by a mother to her baby, during childbirth.

Human herpes virus 2 (HHV2) or herpes simplex virus 2
Infection is contagious and is spread through skin-to-skin contact. But the main route of transmission is sexual contact.

It may be transmitted during childbirth, when the baby is exposed to genital blisters.

 
Human herpes virus 3 (HHV3) is also called varicella-zoster virus
This infection can spread either through droplet infection (i.e. sneezing, coughing, etc) or by personal contact. A herpes zoster patient can spread the disease by contact. This virus has the ability to cross placental barrier and affects the fetus.
 
Human herpes virus 4 (HHV4) is also known as the Epstein-Barr virus.
It is a contagious infection and is transmitted through saliva. Coughing, sneezing, or sharing crockery and cutlery with an infected person.
 
Human herpes virus 5 (HHV5) is the official name of cytomegalovirus (CMV).

It can be sexually transmitted; can cause problems in newborn babies.

CMV can be transmitted through sexual contact, breast-feeding, blood transfusions and organ transplants.

 
Human herpes virus 6 (HHV6)
Transmitted through saliva, though it is not transmitted through breast-milk.
 
Human herpes virus 7 (HHV7)
Spread through saliva, and possibly, genital secretions.
 
Human herpes virus 8 (HHV8)

It is likely that it is transmitted via sexual contact.

It can also spread through activities where saliva might be shared such as deep-kissing.