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Could hand sanitizer prevent herpes?

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Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 24 years experience
Herpes prevention: The best form of herpes prevention is to avoid contact of mucous membranes (genital tract, as well as eyes/mouth/nose) with an infected partner. Latex barriers are the standard. Docs have anti-virals too, i.e. Valtrex. There may actually be some activity of hand sanitizers directly against the virus- and microemulsions of certain alcohols and other compounds are an area of active research now.
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