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A 26-year-old female asked:

Is it possible that hsv 2 can be on my lip? could i get it on my vagina by touching the sore then touching myself?how long does it live onmy fingers

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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 55 years experience
Herpes oral, genital: If you have oral herpes, probably it is HSV1, not HSV2. Whichever type you have, auto-inoculation (transfer of infection to a new body area) is very rare except during the initial HSV infection. Even then it is uncommon. Don't worry how long the virus may "live on your fingers"; it doesn't matter. You probably could not transmit it to your genital area even if you tried. No worries!
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Last updated May 22, 2019

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