It is not uncommon for parents with genital herpes to worry about transmission and passing on genital herpes to their children in the course of daily life. Perhaps this is because there is so little information that addresses parents’ concerns about herpes transmission.
The key message is that parents do not pass on genital herpes to their children through the normal intimacies of family life.
- The herpes virus is not passed on from sharing a bath or shower together – the same is true for spa baths and swimming pools.
- Washing clothes in the same washing machine, even when a person has a genital herpes recurrence, will not pass on the virus.
- Washing with ordinary soap and water is adequate when you have herpes – you do not need to use special hand or toilet seat sanitisers.