yippie123 wrote:The thing with some comments around the internet that they dont suggest a domestic helper who carries this virus, especially there is toddler in the family.
The HSV-1 test is a test for the presence of HSV-1 antibodies
. A true positive test result means that the person has been exposed to HSV-1 at least once, in the past. He/she may have been symptomatic or asymptomatic at that time. HSV-1 often lies dormant for long periods of time.
As I mentioned, you might have some minor concerns if your maid is presently or becomes symptomatic, meaning has a cold sore. Then the virus can spread. HSV-1 infections spread from cold sores through sharing of utensils, towels, and food (for example, sharing cups) and kissing, as notable examples. Most of these things she shouldn't be doing anyway with or without a symptomatic infection. If she has a cold sore, or gets one, it's best if she avoids kissing anybody, including the toddler.
But humans get cold sores -- almost every human. And they're not really issues except for people with seriously impaired immune systems. That's not the vast majority of toddlers.
One "fun" exercise would be for the whole household (except maybe the toddler) to get the same HSV-1 test. Chances are excellent there's somebody else who already would test positive.