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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

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If a female has herpes and is not having an out break and she has protected sex can he still get it? Also can it be spread by fluids down there from touching a female then the male area?

Yes: The virus causing herpes in the genitals can "shed" and "spread" just before there is an outbreak. You can protect your partner by using a rubber condom, but avoiding sex at times you feel an outbreak is coming on is wise. See your doctor about daily antiviral medication to reduce your outbreaks and your infection risk. Be faithful to an annual female exam to learn about new medical helps. ...Read more

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Can you get herpes from inanimate objects that people with cold sores have touched and then touching yourself after?

Can you get herpes from inanimate objects that people with cold sores have touched and then touching yourself after?

Asked and answered : No. You have already been taught this. Also herpes is never transmitted from skin not infected. Herpes viral shedding has ZERO correlation to when one has a sore. If you don't want the experts answer perhaps you should find another forum. ...Read more

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Can one get ocular herpes from touching a coldsore?

Can one get ocular herpes from touching a coldsore?

Yes.: If you touch a fresh cold sore and then rub your eye with the same finger, it is certainly possible to transmit the virus to your eye. So whenever you have a cold sore, don't touch it! if you get them often, ask your doctor or a dermatologist for an antiviral medication (valtrex, famvir, (famciclovir) etc.) to heal them more quickly and prevent future attacks. ...Read more

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Can you get herpes by accidentally touching the clean underwear of someone that has genital herpes?

Can you get herpes by accidentally touching the clean underwear of someone that has genital herpes?

No: This is not possible - you can only get herpes from direct contact with the person who has the infection. The tricky thing with herpes, however, is sores may not be visible. Sometimes virus can be passed without any physical evidence when there is intimate contact. Best to talk things through before sexual activity. There are good ways to protect yourself. Be safe! ...Read more

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Can you get infected with your own herpes by touching your earphones and then ur earphones touch your mouth?

Can you get infected with your own herpes by touching your earphones and then ur earphones touch your mouth?

Depends on immunity: A person who has herpes on one body part 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 or oral 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 yet have... is that case, he can spread HER herpes onto HIS body parts. ...Read more