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Can You Get Herpes From Touching Someone
Can you get herpes from touching a towel that someone that has herpes but no current lesion used to dry off with?
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
Probably not: In adults, there is no risk from non-intimate touching. For example, if someone has genital or oral herpes, nobody is at risk just from things like shaking hands, hugging, etc. Also little or no risk from hand contact with someone's infected genitals or mouth. Without sex or kissing, there is little or no risk. ...Read more
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
Can I get herpes from touching vaginal secretions, not washing hand, and then masturbating with that same hand and hour later?
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
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
Could you get infected from herpes by touching objects such as, cups, towels, earphones, and etc.?
Can you get herpes from inanimate objects that people with cold sores have touched and then touching yourself after?
Can u get herpes from a toilet seat, touching a sink or other object that a infected person touched after touching their infection?
No: NoGet a more detailed answer ›
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
Is it possible for someone to get genital herpes on their hands by touching someone's butt who has herpes?
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
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
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?
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?
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
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
Unlikely: Well theoretically possible, it is exceedingly unlikely ...Read more
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
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
Had to pee and I stopped by touching my pj's shorts where my genitals would sit I have a spot and kept touching it and did this will I get herpes now?
I get a tiny cut on my perineum semi often. Blood test done for herpes, negative. No itching, stings faintly if I find one & keep touching it. Ideas?
Tiny cut: If you are sexually active it could be a tear from insertion of the penis into your vagina. Try using a generous amount of lubrication to ease this process. ...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 your growing family ...Read more
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.?
Can you get genital herpes from touching a restroom handle on stall, then touching your genitals, if the person before you had infection on their hand?
Unlikely: Scenarios like these are unlikely to pass on the infection. ...Read more
My mother has a cold sore on her lip, can I get herpes just by touching objects she's used with her hands and then using the bathroom after?
No: While cold sores are contagious the contact has to be direct, you can not contract tit from other sources ...Read more
That is: Possible.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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
Please let me know if there is any way you can get herpes without coming into contact with someone who has it?
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