How does one get herpes?

Sexual contact. Herpes infections are actually very common. By the time you are sexually active, there is about a 40% chance that you have been exposed to herpes type 1 or 2. Most people you have herpes will not know it, yet they can transmit it to others. Some people actually get an outbreak and rarely some individuals get frequent outbreaks. Limit your sexual partners to as few as possible.
Sex or contact. Herpes infection usually acquired by sex, however contact herpes lesion and mother to child infection possible.