Anyone who is not naturally resistant to molluscum can acquire the infection.
Children are most likely to acquire molluscum with personal contact with other children who have the disease. They can also pick up the virus from solid and soft objects that carry the microorganism. The infection is most common in children from one to ten years of age.
Adults and teens can become infected by casual and sexual contact with an infected individual. Shared towels and other objects can carry the virus to tiny breaks in the skin, allowing infection to begin.
Persons with weak immune systems can develop serious cases. This includes HIV positive persons and those who are undergoing medical treatments that inhibit the immune system.
Eczema will also make a person more prone to acquiring the molluscum virus.