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Can menstrual blood by itself transmit HSV (herpes simplex virus)?
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Dr. Leto Quarles
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Indirect
Hsv lives in nerve cells and skin/mucosa (body surfaces).
The virus doesn't really live in the bloodstream and would not survive long outside the body in drops of menstrual blood. However, menstrual blood can still contain other dangerous live viruses, including HIV and hepatitis, so it is always best to avoid direct contact with anyone else's blood (menstrual or otherwise).

In brief: Indirect
Hsv lives in nerve cells and skin/mucosa (body surfaces).
The virus doesn't really live in the bloodstream and would not survive long outside the body in drops of menstrual blood. However, menstrual blood can still contain other dangerous live viruses, including HIV and hepatitis, so it is always best to avoid direct contact with anyone else's blood (menstrual or otherwise).
Dr. Leto Quarles
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Dr. Stephen Sudler
Obstetrics & Gynecology
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In brief: Not by blood
Hsv (herpes simplex virus) is spread by direct contact, usually intimate.
It is not spread by blood.

In brief: Not by blood
Hsv (herpes simplex virus) is spread by direct contact, usually intimate.
It is not spread by blood.
Dr. Stephen Sudler
Dr. Stephen Sudler
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Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology
In brief: Herpes
You are most likely to get herpes if you touch the skin of someone who has herpes sores, blisters, or a rash.
However, the herpes virus can still be spread even when no sores or other symptoms are present. Sometimes, the person does not even know they are infected.

In brief: Herpes
You are most likely to get herpes if you touch the skin of someone who has herpes sores, blisters, or a rash.
However, the herpes virus can still be spread even when no sores or other symptoms are present. Sometimes, the person does not even know they are infected.
Dr. Michael Fisher
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