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Can you get herpes from sharing underwear?

Dr. Joshua Fox Dr. Fox
14 doctors agreed:
Can you get herpes from sharing underwear?

While: While it would be rare you can get herpes from sharing personal objects. ...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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Can you get herpes from sharing underwear with someone else?

Can you get herpes from sharing underwear with someone else?

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

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If you wore someone's clean underwear can you get herpes?

If you wore someone's clean underwear can you get herpes?

Herpes transmission: Requires contact with the lesions of an active outbreak. Contracting herpes in the scenario you suggest is highly unlikely. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Can you get genital herpes from wearing leggings without underwear and sitting on a sofa? Sorry

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

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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?

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

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If you have genital herpes and master bate with underwear on and then you touch your face accidentally will u get a face infection?

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

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Can you get genital herpes if wearing loose underwear and trying on tight fitting jeans that someone with herpes previously tried on?

No risk, no worries: Herpes is never transmitted by clothing, towels, contaminated toilets, or anything else like that. You cannot get genital herpes except by sex with an infected partner. Don't worry about this! ...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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Can you get HSV 1 genital herpes from sharing underwear?

Herpes simplex: Very unlikely and for all intensive purposes it would be close to a first. ...Read more

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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?

Not likely: It's not impossible, but the herpes virus doesn't survive for long on clothing. Even if you put on the underwear right away, it would be unlikely that you would get herpes. ...Read more

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Can you contract herpes through sharing underwear?

Can you contract herpes through sharing underwear?

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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Can you spread your own genital herpes by touching genitals with underwear on and then touching face?

Can you spread your own genital herpes by touching genitals with underwear on and then touching face?

Little or no risk: People with longstanding herpes are immune to new infections with the same virus type (HSV1 or HSV2). Therefore, auto-inoculation (self infection of a new body site) almost never happens. For the same reason, couples in which both have herpes do not "ping pong" the infection back and forth. So no worries; this won't happen. ...Read more

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9 days ago I had protected sex and unprotected oral. I just noticed an area of two red line-like rashes on my underwear line next to testes. Herpes?

9 days ago I had protected sex and unprotected oral. I just noticed an area of two red line-like rashes on my underwear line next to testes. Herpes?

Here are some...: The described features and location of rashes hint low odd to be herpes, instead more likely to be heat rash in the form of intertrigo related with early skin fungal infection, which may be treated with anti-fungal cream with cream, but key point of care is still keeping the area less warm & moist as well as good general health with quality healthy lifestyle without overindulgence and obsession. ...Read more

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7 days after protected sex and unprotected oral. I have a small red area where my leg & groin area meet. No bumps, is this from underwear or herpes???

7 days after protected sex and unprotected oral. I have a small red area where my leg & groin area meet. No bumps, is this from underwear or herpes???

Red area: Its more likely a skin yeast if its in this area. Herpes would have blisters showing up. In the middle of winter and during swimming season we see a fair amount of tinea (yeast) infections near the underwear line. Try some lotrimin (clotrimazole) and see if that helps. ...Read more

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Can herpes move from clitoral area to inches up the pubic bone closer to underwear line where there is hair with subsequent outbreaks. Is it normal?

Can herpes move from clitoral area to inches up the pubic bone closer to underwear line where there is hair with subsequent outbreaks. Is it normal?

Possible, not likely: Such a change could happen, but usually does not. Once a pattern of recurrent herpes is established, subsequent outbreaks usually are in pretty much the same location, give or take an inch or so. The pattern (no. Of lesions, clustered, etc) and response to anti-HSV treatment (e.g. acyclovir) can help sort it out. Or see a doctor (or NHS GUM clinic) for the next pubic area outbreak. Good luck! ...Read more

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! I'm having a genital herpes out break, I was changing in my room wen caughtmy ten mon. Old son wit my dirty underwear in his mouth! Will he catchit?

Herpes Contagion?: Probably not. But, please remember you will be contagious at times when you do not have an outbreak. This is new information. And, it means that you may want to consider going on a medication to limit your 'viral shedding' or contagiousness if you are sexually active with a partner who is negative.

There are no documented cases of herpes exposure from inanimate objects. Thus no worry for son. ...Read more

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Had protected sex& unprotected oral 7 days ago. Now I have a red line rash on my underwear line between testes and leg. Herpes? Or rash? Or yeast?

Had protected sex& unprotected oral 7 days ago. Now I have a red line rash on my underwear line between testes and leg. Herpes? Or rash? Or yeast?

Rash: This is a common area for yeast infection (jock itch) but could simply be due to friction or heat rash. Herpes eruption is usually uncomfortable. I think it's best to get it checked by your physician for diagnosis and treatment in any case. Unprotected sex is not advisable, of course. ...Read more

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If you have the flu and a cold sore and accidentally cough on your underwear, will this cause you to have herpes on genitals?

If you have the flu and a cold sore and accidentally cough on your underwear, will this cause you to have herpes on genitals?

Unlikely BUT: I cant imagine how this situation could occur but I guess yes it is possible IF you cough on your underwear with an active cold sore, that the virus could be passed. Not IMPOSSIBLE.... ...Read more

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How can you get herpes?

From herpes viruses: A person can get herpes from another person's fresh herpes sores. The other person may have sores on his or her genitals, lips, fingers, etc..., and transmit viruses by touching the uninfected person. Sometimes, infected persons can transmit herpes even when they don't have visible fresh herpes sores, so prevention is not always possible. Most adults have had oral herpes, as it is so common. ...Read more

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Can you get herpes on your butt?

Can you get herpes on your butt?

Herpes: Genital herpes usually infects skin somewhere between the belly button and thighs. 98% of those who have hsv type 2 will have their infection somewhere in this region. Herpes is usually transmitted skin to skin. So, yes, the butt, while rare is in the realm of possibilities. ...Read more

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Can you get herpes from a towel?

Can you get herpes from a towel?

Herpes: Herpes is not easy to catch. It has to be skin to skin or fluid to skin carrying the virus. It is not transmitted by towels, toilet seats etc.

Hope that helps you not be worried. ...Read more