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A 25-year-old member asked:

how long does the herpes simplex virus (1) last on a finger. if one touched a present oral blister that hasn't yet opened ,then touched another area?

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Dr. John Froude
Infectious Disease 53 years experience
For life.: It's not as bad as it sounds. The first episode is the worst. Recurrences become less and less symptomatic, and less frequent until finally it stops . There is usually an interval of months, or years between attacks. Are you a health care worker? It can defiinitely be transmitted to other areas but for some reason isn't commonly. Good Idea to cover it while you have it with a band aid.

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