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A 21-year-old male asked:

Could you get infected with your own genital herpes on the face with urine?

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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 55 years experience
Very unlikely: Transfer of HSV infection to another part of the body (auto-inoculation) sometimes occurs during the first few weeks after catching the virus. Once someone has had genital or oral herpes more than 2-3 months, auto-inoculation is very rare. Use common sense hygiene, i.e. wash hands after toilet, and limit hand contact with face/eyes during genital herpes outbreaks. Otherwise no worries about it.
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A 21-year-old male asked:

Can you get infected with genital herpes if you touched your own urine and then touch your face ?

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Dr. Scott Hacking
Family Medicine 20 years experience
Herpes: That sounds very unlikely. Herpes can spread fairly easily through contact with body fluids. When in doubt, a blood test can confirm or exclude herpes 1 or 2.
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A 30-year-old member asked:

Can you catch genital herpes from urine?

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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 55 years experience
Probably not: In general, transmission of herpes virus requires direct contact of an infected surface with a susceptible one, usually with rubbing to massage the virus into the tissues. Urine is an unlikely source of infection. But I would advise you to not press your luck with intentional urine exposure, especially to the eyes (e.g. "golden shower").
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Last updated Mar 13, 2022

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