Genital herpes is usually spread by having vaginal, oral, or anal sex. One in five women ages 14 to 49 has genital herpes. Herpes is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections. The exception is within the first few months after a person first gets HSV. HSV can be passed to other parts of the body during this time. It is transmitted through kissing or sharing drinking glasses and utensils. To infect people, HSV-1 and HSV-2 must get into the body through broken skin or a mucous membrane, such as inside the mouth or in the genital area.
Herpes meningoencephalitis is infection of the brain and the tissue that covers it with the herpes simplex virus. If you have already been diagnosed with herpes meningoencephalitis and are being treated, it’s very important to let your doctor or nurse know if any of your symptoms get worse or if you develop any new symptoms, as these could be signs that the infection is getting worse despite treatment.