Healthcare-associated Exposure to the Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV)

The HSV is transmitted from person-to-person primarily by direct contact with vesicular fluid and contaminated saliva; less frequently, by touching freshly contaminated articles and environmental surfaces. There is no PEP available. When a person with probable or confirmed herpetic infection visits an oral healthcare facility, elective and routine care should be deferred until lesion resolution. When rendering necessary emergency care, strict adherence to the principles of Standard and Transmission-based Precautions is the best means to minimize occupational exposure.2,3 Exposed HCP should be closely monitored for sign(s) of infection.