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Idiosyncratic Attachment To Inanimate Objects
How big is the chance that you contract herpes from inanimate objects such as public tables, doorknobs, toilets, etc?
How plausible is it for HPV to be spread through non-sexual or proxy contact (one not washing hands properly someone touching door handle after them)?
Not impossible but..: By far, genital hpv is more commonly and more easily transmitted via sex. Plus, certain strains have a higher affinity for certain types of skin cells. Infection requires contact between skin cells and live virus. The virus must attach to cell receptors and get into a cell. Direct contact, microtrauma to skin and high viral load all favor infection. Sex is better than door knobs for transmission. ...Read more
More ebola cases seem to be popping up in US. Can it be spread via door knobs, casual contact, etc?
My understanding is: that as of today - there is 1 patient who is actively infected with Ebola in the US. There is 1 patient being evaluated from Doctors without Borders in NY & 6 people from West Africa in quarantine in Connecticut. This does not mean that the last 7 individuals have Ebola however. An individual w Ebola is only infectious when they have active symptoms. Ebola contamination on surfaces > ...Read more
Could someone get hiv, hepatitis (a/b/c), or any other STD through their hands by touching an inanimate object?
Can hand sanitizer kill the Herpes Simplex-1 virus when applied to hands or inanimate objects that are contaminated with it. Can disinfectant sprays?
It helps ....: While anti-bacterial hand sanitizer doesn't kill viruses, using it will help protect you from becoming infected. Alcohol based products may be especially helpful as alcohol can destabilize a viral cell membrane. Disinfectant sprays would have limited use for this purpose. Good wishes:) ...Read more
yeast infection survive outside host? Touching door nobs, clothes etc or only through direct contact sex?
Yeast infections : candida is an yeast that most commonly cause an infection known also as candidiasis. Most people have candida as part of normal flora in balance with other bacteria and yeast species. It's only when there's a disruption of balance and overgrowth one pathogen the disease process starts. It's part of the host and doesn't get transmitted from "door knobs or clothes ". ...Read more
If the genitals of another who has HPV are touched, then another object is touched, can that object transmit HPV to someone else who touches that obj?
In theory: but probably not ( unless immediate, wet surface) ...Read more
Hand steamers: I have hand held steamers I use in my office.They are advertised as cleaning tools in many areas and I find the steam sanitizes the item quickly without a lot of fuss, and the item drys in a few minutes. If the item is soiled or layered with debris it should be wiped down first. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can you transmit cold sores via inanimate objects (toys, shirt collars)? If you don't wash hands, touch something and a toddler then touches it?
Multiple wakings in terror, perceived intruder approaching. Physically attacking "intruders" (lamp, dresser, fan) while not fully conscious. Smashed 2 toes, cut open fist, destroyed objects. Pls help!
Viral transmission: This is very unlikely. Viruses die quickly if not within a living cell and cells die fairly rapidly when tissue is dried. The thing you must also remember is that viruses differ one from the other and it would be helpful to specify what you are concerned about. If it is hiv, worry not. Hep c is transmitted from blood directly, not dried. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See ophthalmologist: 'floaters' can have a variety of causes, some of which need treatment. Please see an ophthalmologist as soon as possible. ...Read more
Can HIV fluids which were on a stainless steel door handle be able to transmit by touching it with bare hands? Not a xerox machine! lol.
Extremely unlikely: Especially if there are no open cuts or sores on one's hands. ...Read more
Can you catch aids from toilet paper in public toilets or by touching a surface other than someone's genitals?
Unlikely: To my knowledge, there has not been a case contracting HIV this way. Hiv virus cannot survive for long outside of the body. It is transmitted by getting contaminated blood through transfusion, dirty needles, or through bodily fluid during sexual intercourse. Even saliva is reported to not carry enough viruses to transmit the disease. It should be safe to use public restroom. ...Read more
No risk, no worry: People never catch TB by contact with phones, remote controllers, tabletops, or other contaminated surfaces. It is transmitted only through the air when the infected person coughts. Just use any standard household cleaner then don't worry about it. ...Read more
Can u get herpes from a toilet seat, touching a sink or other object that a infected person touched after touching their infection?
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