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If you touch somebody elses herpes sore with just your hand and then you wash your hands with soap and water, does it kill the herpes virus?

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Dr. Arnold Lentnek answered

Specializes in Infectious Disease

It makes it MUCH less likely that the herpes will spread to you. As in much of medicine, nothing is absolute. Spread is less likely, not impossible

Answered 8/21/2021

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