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If I have herpes on my hands can I spread it to my genitals

A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Bryan
Dermatology 32 years experience
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 29-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 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 53 years experience
Extremely unlikely: Hand-to-genital transmission of herpes is theoretically possible but very rare.
A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 44 years experience
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 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 53 years experience
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
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Buck Parker
General Surgery 17 years experience
Unlikely: Scenarios like these are unlikely to pass on the infection.
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matt Wachsman
Internal Medicine 36 years experience
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
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Usually cannot: If a person's past hsv-1 infection was on her lips, and she developed (and continues to have) a good level of protective antibodies to hsv-1, then she... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 28 years experience
Herpes or something?: Nope. Herpes would be limited to one locale on the body not several. I would recommend, however, a test for syphilis and hiv.

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