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How To Live With Herpes
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
It depends: Hsv virus is easily inactivated by exposure to ph <4, temperatures >56°c for 30 min, pasteurization (60°c for 10 h), and microwave heating for 4 minutes. Survival outside host: hsv virus survives for short periods of time outside the host. It can survive on dry inanimate surfaces (survival ranges from few hours to 8 weeks). They survive longer at lower humidity. ...Read more
Not at all: Herpes is not transmitted through oils, ointments, creams, etc. Most such products contain preservatives that kill viruses. But even if not, it is rare that enough virus survives to permit transmission. It's best to avoid sharing such products with other persons, but the risk is low even if it happens. I really wouldn't worry about it. ...Read more
How long can herpes LIve in a warm and wet environment? Something that doesn't dry out and is room temp?
Doesn't matter: This question suggests you are worried about catching herpes from the environment. It never happens. You only catch the virus by direct personal contact with an infected person (kissing, sex, oral sex, etc). Whether or not the virus survives in a warm or wet environment doesn't matter; contact with that environment is not a risk. ...Read more
HerpesNotAlive Virus: just a snippet of DNA or RNA surrounded by protein shell, all constructed by the last cell which constructed & released new copies of the virus after cell took in the virus (a Trojan horse), unwrapped the protein & read the DNA or RNA, as if part of itself, resulting in the cell being diverted into a virus construction & shedding machine while dying in the process. To may issues to clearly define. ...Read more
How long does herpes live off the body? Does it have to dry or will the temperature change kill the virus?
Herpes virus: Oral herpes (hsv1) is most often from physical contact with an infected individual. Genital herpes (hsv2) is most often always contracted from sexual contact, and few cases have been shown of hsv1 coming from oral-genital contact, but the two are all but indistinguishable from each other. Maby the answer to your question is can you get herpes by not having sex, answer is yes. Just contact. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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