Can you die from herpes?
Both types of the herpes simplex virus can be very unpleasant but they're not dangerous. You can not die from genital herpes or cold sores.
However, the virus does pose a threat to newborn babies if they are infected during birth. Although this is rare, the virus can affect the newborn baby’s skin and inner organs as well as the brain. If you are pregnant and have herpes, you should discuss this with your doctor.
Although it is not lethal, the herpes simplex virus can also cause serious complications in patients who have HIV. HIV affects your body’s immune system, which can make it difficult to treat herpes outbreaks effectively. HIV patients often need a higher dose of antiviral treatment to control herpes.