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A 37-year-old female asked:

I used a hemorrhoid cream from someone infected with genital herpes and when i took some out i put it in a toilet paper and applied it. can i get herp?

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Dr. Robert Fietsam
Surgery - Thoracic 37 years experience
Possible but slight: virsuses can live outside the body for short period of time (like seconds, most article say < 10 seconds, ) but longer in damp conditions. So, very unlikely unless your friend had just used the medication.
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