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How long does the herpes virus 1 and 2 survive outside the human body, like on surfaces? Can you catch herpes this way?

How long does the herpes virus 1 and 2 survive outside the human body, like on surfaces? Can you catch herpes this way?

Up to 3 - 4 hours: It's possible, but not super likely. You have to have a pretty large quantity of virus hanging out on the inanimate object (say for instance a straw), and it has to come into direct contact with your mucous membrane (say for instance your lips), for transmission to occur. Here's some info on herpes: http://health.Nytimes.Com/health/guides/disease/herpes-simplex/print.Html. ...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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Does the herpes virus cause gastritis?

Does the herpes virus cause gastritis?

Yes it can: It has been reported and occurs especially in immune compromised patients or weak immune system. ...Read more

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Please explain what does the herpes virus do and can it be fatal?

Please explain what does the herpes virus do and can it be fatal?

Herpes virus: Herpes is a nasty virus that after a primary infection (cold sores or genital sores) will 'hide' in the nerve roots forevermore. It may come out again -particularly at times of stress or other disease/illness. These are 'outbreaks'. Extremely rarely, the cold sore virus (HSV-1) might go backwards into the brain, rather than forward to the lips/mouth -and in that RARE case it can be quite dangerous ...Read more

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How long does the herpes virus survive on a finger?

How long does the herpes virus survive on a finger?

HERPES ON FINGER: THERE IS VERY LITTLE CHANCE THAT THE HERPESVIRUS COULD LAST AT ALL IF YOU WASH IT AFTER EXPOSURE. NO NEED TO WORRY ...Read more

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Is it possible to have multiple forms of the herpes virus at once? And does the herpes virus mutate to a new strain of the virus ever?

Herpes: No. And no. Herpes does not have 'multiple strains'. You only get herpes where you are infected. It does not move or migrate. So far there is no 'new herpes virus strain'. ...Read more

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How long does the herpes virus live on objects? If my roommate touches cold sore, doesn't wash hands, puts away "clean" forks, and I eat 20 min later.

How long does the herpes virus live on objects? If my roommate touches cold sore, doesn't wash hands, puts away "clean" forks, and I eat 20 min later.

ANSWER: Herpes viruses last for 4 hours on plastic 3 hours on cloth and two hours on the skin..I would use 4 hours as a "safe" time...BTW your ROOM MATE IS A SLOB! BUY some BLEACH or get a NEW ROOMATE! Hope the helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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How long does the herpes virus stay on your hand after touching a sore? Can u infect someone else by touching them with your hand before washing?

How long does the herpes virus stay on your hand after touching a sore? Can u infect someone else by touching them with your hand before washing?

Possibily: Some people with intact skin develop herpetic whitlow after touching herpetic sore, others don't. There is no way to tell who will get it. If you washed your hands right away chances are smaller, but there is still a risk. Can you infect someone else? It's a possibility, but again, small chance. ...Read more

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I have been given vilerm tablets for herpes virus how do like take them?

I have been given vilerm  tablets for herpes virus how do like take them?

With or Without Food: Specific instructions on how to take a medication on dose and frequency need to be obtained from your prescribing physician or pharmacist. There is no effect of food on the absorption of acyclovir; therefore, tablets may be administered with or without food if that what you mean by your question. ...Read more

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How do you contract the herpes virus?

How do you contract the herpes virus?

...: You can get genital herpes by having sex (oral, vaginal, anal) with someone who has herpes. The virus can be found in the sores, but there does not need to be an open sore to get the virus. This is known as “asymptomatic shedding.” there is treatment but no cure. Latex condoms decrease risk of getting herpes. ...Read more

Herpes Virus (Definition)

Viruses from the family herperviridae. At least seven species of herpesvirus are known to be infectious to man: herpes simplex viruses 1 and 2, varicella zoster virus, epstein-barr virus, cytomegalovirus, human herpesvirus 6, ...Read more


Virus (Definition)

A virus is a small infectious agent that can replicate only inside the living cells of an organism. Viruses can infect all types of organisms, from animals and plants ...Read more