Normally, how long would the genital herpes virus live outside of the body?

Not long. On most surfaces, maximum survival is measured in a matter of seconds. It may be prolonged on warm, wet surfaces, but it still remains a very delicate virus outside the body.

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How long does the genital herpes virus live on the sheets outside of the body?

Not long. Viruses require living cells in which to propagate in order to remain viable. As soon as they are expelled as free virus they will not last long against environmental conditions. If living cells containing virus are excreted, they too will not survive very long. This is one of the reasons that there is seldom if ever transmission of these agents by inanimate objects. Read more...

Is it possible to pass the genital herpes virus through breastfeeding?

Not. The herpes virus generally passes through contact from an infected lesion to broken skin or mucus membrane. You wouldn't want to expose the baby (or anybody) to an open sore or contaminated hands or objects. Read more...
Not. Only germs that enter your blood have the potential to enter your breast milk.This one will not. This germ passes through direct skin to skin contact. Read more...

Is the genital herpes virus present in your urine, saliva, semen etc.?

No. In people with genital herpes, the virus is only present in the infected skin and the nerves supplying that area. It cannot be transmitted through urine or saliva, and probably not semen. Read more...

Can the genital herpes virus be passed to a baby through breast feeding?

Only... ...If, through poor hygiene, virus-contaminated secretions are smeared by unwashed hands on the breast. Read more...
No. As long as there are no lesions or outbreaks that occur on the breast and you wash your hands after using the bathroom, there you should not be able to transmit the virus. Read more...

Can I get genital herpes by using someones lipstick? And can genital herpes virus survive on lipsticks?

I'm sure the virus. stays alive for a while but I'm not sure if it's hours or days.Best not to put your lips to anything that a person with an active cold sore has recently touched. Read more...
YouGivingMeSomeLip?? Now wait a minute.You think you might get genital Herpes using lipstick?I think maybe you are getting your lips confused. But anyways, in general this pesky virus can't last too long away from a nice warm body part. How long?Hard to say. I'd say you'd have to directly transmit the virus from lips to lips in order to have a chance,very small, of getting it. Anyways, use general hygiene common sense. Read more...

Is the cold sore virus the same as genital herpes virus?

Yes. The virus you are referring to is called herpes simplex virus (hsv). There are 2 main types: type 1 and type 2. Type 1 is more commonly associated with cold sores and type 2 is more commonly associated with genital herpes. The virus is transmitted via direct contact with the sores of someone who is already infected with it. There is currently no known cure for hsv infections. Read more...
Herpes simplex. There are two serological types of this virus. It was formerly felt that type1 produced oral and lip cold sores and that type2 produced genital herpes, but with oral sex so common both types can be found in both places. The virus is essentially the same, but the serotypes are different. There is also some difference in their capacity to produce central nervous system disease. Read more...