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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

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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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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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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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 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: Herpes is spread by a virus. Generally, viruses require some mode of transmission (saliva, blood, etc.). Assuming the underwear is clean, and there are no injuries to you (open wounds, cuts, etc.), you should not have to worry about getting genital herpes in this situation. ...Read more

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Is it possible for someone to get genital herpes on their hands by touching someone's butt who has herpes?

Is it possible for someone to get genital herpes on their hands by touching someone's butt who has herpes?

No risk, no worries: In theory this could happen, in reality it never does. Almost every sexually active person has hand contact with their partners' genital and anal areas, but nobody ever gets herpes of the fingers. Don't worry about it. ...Read more

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If someone with herpes touch someone testicles can he get herpes, by touching with the fingers, didn't touch private before touching his testicles?

If someone with herpes touch someone testicles can he get herpes, by touching with the fingers, didn't touch private before touching his testicles?

No risk, no worry: Self-infection of a new body area with herpes is called auto-inoculation. It occurs once in a while within a few weeks of catching the virus. After that, people are immune to new infections with the same virus type, anywhere on the body, and auto-inoculation does not occur. If this person has had herpes more than a few weeks, s/he will never infecte another body area. No worries! ...Read more

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Can you get genital herpes by touching inanimate objects someone with a cold sore has touched and then touching yourself after?

No. Herpes is direct: An inanimate object cannot safely harbor HSV from a cold sore and then allow someone else to touch that and become infected. Herpes is transmitted by direct human to human contact, or on occasion by infected fluids say on a shared straw. I don't think you have to worry about this case - it wasn't a real exposure. Good to always protect yourself however and practice good hygiene. ...Read more

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Can you get herpes from someone by shaking their hands after they've touched their mouth. I wash my hands before touching other places within 1hr?

Can you get herpes from someone by shaking their hands after they've touched their mouth. I wash my hands before touching other places within 1hr?

No: Most adults already have type1 herpes anyway, but are not aware of it. If you already have it you cannot catch it. It is not spread this way either. ...Read more

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How is the herpes simplex virus spread? Can you get infected by touching your mouth after you touch something that someone with herpes has touched?

Herpes: Herpes is contracted skin to skin or saliva to skin from an infected person. Most in the western world have herpes simplex. It is like 75% of adults. Most get herpes from family members as children. The only way to diagnose herpes is through blood testing. ...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 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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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

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Can you get herpes in your eyes By touching a toilet seat and then soon rubbing your eyes afterwards without washing our hands?

Can you get herpes in your eyes By touching a toilet seat and then soon rubbing your eyes afterwards without washing our hands?

No risk, no worries: In theory this might happen, but probably never does. Of course you should always washing your hands after using the toilet, but this advice is important mostly to prevent intestinal infections (e.g. viral diarrhea), not to prevent herpes or other STDs. Don't worry about it. ...Read more

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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?

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 your growing family ...Read more

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I get a tiny cut on my perineum semi often. Blood test for herpes negative. No itching, stings faintly if I keep touching it. No sex for a long time.?

I get a tiny cut on my perineum semi often. Blood test for herpes negative. No itching, stings faintly if I keep touching it. No sex for a long time.?

Perineum: Simple cut in the perineum possibly related to shaving but no obvious infection redness or drainage therefore no need for further workup or antibiotics unless it worsens over the next few weeks ...Read more

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Drinking water of call girl. I don't know her status. Touching her breast, buttucks, panty and also bath towel by hand. No sex, no kiss. By this get herpes?

Yes: You can get oral herpes by sharing drinks.
Exchange of fluid is a good medium for the virus to transmit from person to person.
If you need to discuss this further, we can set up a consult and evaluate the issue further
best wishes
Dr M ...Read more

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Can you get herpes from coughing on someone?

Can you get herpes from coughing on someone?

Herpes simplex: It is conceivable that this virus could be transmitted in this fashion but it almost always requires some direct contact. If you are the person coughing, there is no way that you would get this. ...Read more

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Herpes on your butt can someone get it like that?

Herpes on your butt can someone get it like that?

Herpes: Herpes is usually transmitted skin to skin. If your exposure was on the skin of your buttocks then that is where you are infected. Herpes two is found usually in humans between the belly button and thigh in 90% of the cases. ...Read more

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Should someone get tested for herpes without ever having symptoms?

Should someone get tested for herpes without ever having symptoms?

Herpes testing: The tricky thing about herpes, is that many people don't know they have it. Thus, if starting in a new relationship where you might be having unprotected sex, then it's a good idea for both partners to get tested. I would add an HIV test to that too, since there's 50, 000 new cases of HIV in the US per year-and often spreads 'unknowingly'. Safe sex is recommended considering other STDs like warts. ...Read more

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If I messed around with someone who has herpes can I get it? And how can I tell if someone has herpes

If I messed around with someone who has herpes can I get it? And how can I tell if someone has herpes

Yes: Herpes is a sexually transmitted infection so yes it possible to catch it. There are two types of herpes. Type 1 is the cold/canker sore you see on the mouth. Type 2 is the genital type herpes. Apart from the vesicles that sprout up, there is no visual way to tell if someone has herpes. Remember that a flare up is not necessary for transmission. Use condoms to reduce risk. ...Read more

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Can you get herpes drinking after someone?

Can you get herpes drinking after someone?

Thanks for asking!: It is unlikely unless you have an open sore on your mouth and the transmission of blood of bodily fluids went right in. You should not drink after anyone anyway. ...Read more