Kids can get HSV-1 by kissing or touching a person with cold sores, or by sharing eating utensils, towels, or other items with an infected person. Many kids get infected with HSV-1 during the preschool years.
Can I spread HSV-1 to my family?
If a mother or father kisses a child, they can either contract the virus from the child or pass the virus on to the child. People can also transmit this virus to their husband or wife when they kiss that person. Therefore, HSV 1 can be passed from family member to family member.
Can I pass HSV-1 to my child by kissing?
For example, a parent who has HSV-1 can transmit the virus to their child if they kiss them on the mouth or share straws, eating utensils, or any other objects that have the virus on them.