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If you touch a person thigh that has genital herpes and then you go and go wash your hands with dish soap 4x will you be protected?

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Dr. Hunter Handsfield answered

Specializes in Infectious Disease

No risk: You can catch another person's genital herpes ONLY by intercourse or other direct sexual contact (oral sex, genital contact without penetration, etc). The virus is not transmitted by hand-genital contact, and certainly not by contact with non-genital areas like the thighs or anywhere else. Dish soap would kill the virus, but there would be no risk even if you didn't wash.

Answered 9/1/2016

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