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Unlikely, but... : A 1997 study in the journal of infectious disease demonstrated that hpv-16 showed 100%, 50%, and 30% of infectivity when dehydrated on a surface for 1, 3, and 7 days, respectively, at room temperature. But the real-world transmissibility of genital hpv when present on fomites such as towels, underwear, or gloves is unknown. I would be conservative, and take precautions to avoid trasmission. ...Read more
Are there other ways to spread genital herpes besides oral sex and genital contact? (e.I. Your hands, sharing towels/wash cloths, soap bars, etc.)
Is it possible to transmit HSV2 other than through sexual contact like not washing hands after urinating, sharing towels or razors?
No.: Herpes can only be acquired through sexual activity -& these days that can be through various routes. Inanimate objects cannot 'harbor' the virus -so towels, razors etc cannot infect someone later on since the virus dies after leaving the body of an infected person. So it has to be contact to contact. Other diseases though like MRSA can come from infected razors, so it's always good to be hygienic ...Read more
No risk, no worries: They call them sexually transmitted for a reason: you don't get them without sex. STDs are not just infections that involve the genitals; the bacteria and virues that cause them evolved to require sex for tranmission. They are not transmitted by towels, toilets, etc. Don't worry about it. ...Read more
HPV: Hpv is passed on through genital contact, most often during vaginal and anal sex. Hpv may also be passed on during oral sex and genital-to-genital contact. Hpv can be passed on between straight and same-sex partners—even when the infected person has no signs or symptoms. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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