Genital herpes can be quite contagious and is spread by skin-to-skin contact or having sex of any type. The only proven way to prevent genital herpes from being transmitted is to abstain from sexual contact completely. It can also be prevented if you are in a long-term relationship with a partner who has been tested and who is known to be uninfected. Of course this relationship must be mutually monogamous.
It’s important to always remember to protect yourself, because no one else will!
The herpes virus is most often shed from the visible sores, blisters or a rash during herpes outbreaks. However, it can also be shed from the affected area even between outbreaks of symptoms. HSV is transmitted to the area of skin with which it comes into contact.