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Can You Get Herpes From Sharing Underwear
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
Herpes simplex: This would be very uncommon. If one person had active herpetic lesions, took off their underwear and you put them on immediately it is conceivable that it would be communicated in this manner. ...Read more
Herpes simplex: Very unlikely and for all intents and purposes it would be close to a first. ...Read more
Herpes simplex: This is highly unlikely if not impossible. ...Read more
No risk, no worries: Of course another person's underwear should be laundered before wearing. But maybe you accidentally used a roommate's panties instead of your own? But still no risk; genital herpes has never been known (or even suspected) to be transmitted by clothing, even if the other person had an active outbreak of GH. It is caught only by sex with infected partner. Don't worry about it. ...Read more
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Unlikely: Well theoretically possible, it is exceedingly unlikely ...Read more
No Risk: No. I am sorry but many physicians are not able to be firm when discussing science. There is always that one case one in ten million. So, the other doctors who answered this question are also right. But, in reality and not theoretically there is no risk of herpes in this scenario. ...Read more
If you touch the herpes infected area with underwear on and then you wash your hands with soap then you touch your face will you still get infected?
No risk, no worry: Even if you touch a genital herpes outbreak then immediately touch your face, you would not get a facial infection. This happens sometimes during the very first herpes infection, but even that is rare; and it almost never happens in people with recurrent herpes. Even in initial infeciton, the very indirect exposure described here is zero risk. Also, soap instantaneously kills the herpes virus. ...Read more
If you have genital herpes and master bate with underwear on and then you touch your face accidentally will u get a face infection?
Depends on immunity: A person who has herpes on the his genitals should have immunity if he is not having his very first skin lesions. That means he should not be able to spread his own genital herpes to other sites on his body. Suppose, however, that he is playing with a woman's genitals, and she has the other strain of herpes that he doesn't have... then, he can spread her herpes onto his body parts. Life has risks. ...Read more
Son may have cold sore, touching it and then grabbed my leg/underwear up my skirt. I'm 36 wks prego. Worried about herpes and baby. Can I get it?
No cause for worry: Herpes is not by such contact. To be ultra safe, mention this to your obstetrician. If she feels it necessary, you can have a blood test to see if you might already have HSV1; if so, you can't get it again. Until your baby is a month old, it will be important to prevent intimate contact of your baby with your son (e.g. no kissing). Otherwise, no worries!. Best wishes for you and you're growing family ...Read more
Can you get herpes if someone touches there cold sore and then hands clean underwear and clothes to you? Is it safe to wear them?
Very low risk: This is one of those theoretical risks, often listed in health advice about herpes. But in my 40+ years in the STD and infectious diseases business, I've never heard of a case where this actually happened. Razors should never be shared, but the risk of any infection is quite low. ...Read more
Unlikely: Many think sharing cosmetics is not a good idea. Certainly if the person from whom you are sharing has active herpes on their face or lips, then you should not do this. However, you undoubtedly have already been exposed in the past to herpes and as long as your lip and facial skin is intact, there is almost no risk. ...Read more
Can you get herpes from a needle I was under the understanding that herpes lives in the epidermis and is spread by direct contact. I also thought it was slightly possible to get herpes from sharing something such as a cigarette or a pipe as its indirect
The herpes virus is spread from by direct contact with the virus. This would be via any direct contact with a herpetic lesion, intimate contact with actively infected person, sharing drinking glass, lipstick, cigarette with a person with an active herpes ulcer on the mouth. The virus is not transmitted from a needle prick of an infected person.
What is detected in the blood in persons with previous exposure to herpes is antibodies that are present when someone has been exposed to the virus in the past. ...Read more
Can you get herpes from sharing a plate, or someone touching their cold sore and then ur pizza and then you eating it?
Unlikely: It would be highly unlikely. Usually from skin to skin contact. ...Read more
Can you get herpes from sharing a glass tobacco pipe, if the infected person doesn't have a cold sore?
Shouldn't...: Shouldn't but how can you be absolutely certain the other individual doesn't have a lesion if you have been sharing that "tobacco" already? ...Read more
Can I get a Herpes from using someone's chopstick or sharing food if they haven't broken out yet?
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