In cases of sexually transmitted HSV, people are more at risk when they participate in risky sexual behavior without the use of protection, such as condoms.
Other risk factors for HSV-2 include: If a pregnant woman is having an outbreak of genital herpes at the time of childbirth, it can expose the baby to both types of HSV, and may put them at risk for serious complications.
Anyone can be infected with HSV, regardless of age.
Your risk is based almost entirely on exposure to the infection.
For severe outbreaks, these medications may also be administered by injection.
People who become infected with HSV will have the virus for the rest of their lives.
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).