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A 20-year-old female asked:

If in a restaurant working staff just cleans forks and spoons with tissues and do not wash them, if i eat with those forks and spoons can i get herpes or other conditions like that?

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Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 63 years experience
Restaurant: If this is a practice at a restaurant, it should be reported to the public health department. Herpes virus can survive hours on objects as can some contagious bacteria but it's not easy to transmit herpes without close skin to skin contact such as kissing, touching and sexual activities. I guess we all take chances eating in restaurants.
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Last updated Dec 26, 2019

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