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Can you get herpes by being in a swimming pool with someone who has an outbreak?

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Dr. Patrick Ferry
Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
3 doctors agree

In brief: No

No.

In brief: No

No.
Dr. Patrick Ferry
Dr. Patrick Ferry
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Justin Fuehrer
Emergency Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

The virus cannot survive very well outside of the human body.
Therefore, it cannot be transmitted through touching toilet seats, swimming in pools with an infected person, sharing towels, etc. You can, however, catch molluscum contagiosum from swimming pools. This causes painful bumps and can be mistaken for herpes.

In brief: No

The virus cannot survive very well outside of the human body.
Therefore, it cannot be transmitted through touching toilet seats, swimming in pools with an infected person, sharing towels, etc. You can, however, catch molluscum contagiosum from swimming pools. This causes painful bumps and can be mistaken for herpes.
Justin Fuehrer
Justin Fuehrer
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