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if i have herpes on my hands can i spread it to my genitals

A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Bryan
31 years experience Dermatology
Herpes: Herpes can be spread by skin-to-skin contact, however, the hand is not the most common place to have herpes. But yes, the virus is contagious by cont ... Read More

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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Wayne Ingram
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
No: No. Hand washing was imperative to avoiding any spread of the herpes lesions.
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ecaterina Sartina
34 years experience Pediatrics
No: it's just not possible. http://www.cdc.gov/std/herpes/STDFact-herpes.htm
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Lin
Dr. James Lin answered
50 years experience Urology
Here is ...: Your precaution is well taken and respected but excessive. Known to most if not all, we always coexist and live with all kinks of bugs - bacteria, vir ... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Tomeo
37 years experience Dermatology
Direct innoculation: The virus is only generally spread by direct skin contact , person to person.
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
52 years experience Infectious Disease
Extremely unlikely: Hand-to-genital transmission of herpes is theoretically possible but very rare.
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
43 years experience Dermatology
Yes.: Herpes simplex is a virus, so like bacteria, it can be spread by skin-to-skin contact. All the more reason to wash your hands carefully and often.
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
52 years experience Infectious Disease
No worries: Brief, fleeting contact is never enough to transmit herpes. And there never would be enough virus on a handle or door knob anyway. Herpes is NEVER tra ... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Buck Parker
16 years experience General Surgery
Unlikely: Scenarios like these are unlikely to pass on the infection.
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matt Wachsman
35 years experience Internal Medicine
Technically: but wow, would that be UNLIKELY. First, the virus amounts drop fast after the sore opens and by almost gone there is almost no virus. Second, you have ... Read More
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