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Doctor insights on: Can You Get Herpes From Touching

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Herpes (Definition)

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


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Can you get herpes from touching a towel that someone that has herpes but no current lesion used to dry off with?

Can you get herpes from touching a towel that someone that has herpes but no current lesion used to dry off with?

Nope: Herpes is rarely if ever transmitted by indirect contact like this -- only by direct contact with an infected person's infected body part, like kissing and sexual contact. ...Read more

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Can you get herpes from touching a handle in a public bathroom and then that hand touches your genitals shortly after while wiping?

Can you get herpes from touching a handle in a public bathroom and then that hand touches your genitals shortly after while wiping?

No worries: Brief, fleeting contact is never enough to transmit herpes. And there never would be enough virus on a handle or door knob anyway. Herpes is NEVER transmitted by contact with contaminated objects. Even in the households of infected people, sharing kitchens, bathrooms, drinking glasses, towels etc, nobody else ever gets it except by kissing or sexual exposure. So no worries at all! ...Read more

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Can you get genital herpes from touching handles and other things in public places/public restrooms and then touching genitals?

Can you get genital herpes from touching handles and other things in public places/public restrooms and then touching genitals?

No risk, no worries: The herpes virus is harder to transmit than this. Infection requires exposure to fairly large amounts of virus that usually have to be massaged into the exposed area. That's why new genital herpes almost always shows up at sites of maximum friction duribg sex. There is no risk at all of catching herpes from a contaminated environment, either public toilet or anywhere esle. ...Read more

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Docs, could a person get herpes from touching a penis when there is no outbreak?

Docs, could a person get herpes from touching a penis when there is no outbreak?

Possible...: Generally speaking, herpetic outbreak with visible lesions is the prime time to be contagious and infectious, but not at 100%. Remember being exposed to doesn't equate to contracting it; contracting it doesn't mean going to develop its related disease. So, life is a chnaging, adjusting dynamic process of constant struggle to cope with reality, certainty, & uncertainty for survival, growth... ...Read more

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Can I get herpes from touching vaginal secretions, not washing hand, and then masturbating with that same hand and hour later?

Can I get herpes from touching vaginal secretions, not washing hand, and then masturbating with that same hand and hour later?

No risk, no worry: Herpes is rarely if ever transmitted by hand-genital contact, and certainly would not be transmissble an hour after contact. Don't worry about it. ...Read more