A 21-year-old female asked:
can you get herpes from a tiny spec of urine? let me explain. so i work in a hospital setting and while i was changing a catheter, a tiny spec of urine flicked my lip (i am assuming it was urine). i washed it with soap and water the second it happened. he
1 doctor answer
Dr. Hunter Handsfield answered
52 years experience Infectious Disease
No risk, no worries: Herpes isn't transmitted so easily. Usually the virus has to be massaged into exposed tissues, which is why initial genital herpes usually involves areas that receive maximum friction during sex. Also, urine inactivates most bacteria and viruses and rarely if ever transmits any STD. If you remain concerned, discuss with your hospital's infection control personnel. But truly, herpes isn't a risk.
Answered on Jul 11, 2018
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