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Can Herpes Kill You
Some, yes: Hpv is a virus that can cause certain cancers, including cervical cancer. This can certainly kill you if not caught early and treated. Genital herpes is unlikely to be fatal, unless you get severely immunosuppressed and it attacks other organs, such as the brain. Hepatitis can cause liver failure and death, or can lead to liver cancer and death from that. Hiv can certainly kill. ...Read more
There are different types of herpes infections; herpes simplex infection of mouth (gingivostomatitis) and lips (labialis) are the most common. Others include genital herpes, and herpes zoster. Herpes infection could very mild to very dangerous depending on the type and location of the body affected. I ...Read more
Not usually: Herpes is usually a non fatal but annoying condition in adults. It can cause painful sores or ulcers and even recurrent outbreaks and surrounding infection. It can increase your risk of contracting HIV if exposed. Rarely in can cause infection in the brain or meningitis. In newborns it can cause brain infection, blindness and death. In men you can also get inflamed rectum. Not usually death. ...Read more
How long does herpes live off the body? Does it have to dry or will the temperature change kill the virus?
Used toilet after person with herpes did, probably 30 min later, am i at risk to catch it? How should seat be cleaned to kill virus?
Virtually no risk: Usual cleaning OK. Bleach especially effective.Get a more detailed answer ›
Stick with legit Rx.: Imulux is a light treatment, which lectroject is a scary-looking electrical contraption. I know of no credible evidence that either one works. Stick with with fda-approved drugs like valacyclovir and famciclovir, both of which kill the herpes virus and control the disease in most cases. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Soap or any cleanser: Nobody ever catches herpes from the environment, e.g. by contacting bathtubs, toilets, towels, etc. There is no risk anybody will catch it, even if the bathtub is somehow contaminated with herpes simplex virus (HSV). However, if you want the extra security, just wipe it with any standard household cleaner, or soap and water. ...Read more
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