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How many ways can genital herpes be spread?

April 19, 2010 by  
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I am 25 and have genital herpes. I live with others in my household and am worried that they may contract the disease by using the same toilet facility. Is there any other way to get it other than sexual contact? How long does the virus live on surfaces like a toilet seat or things other than genitalia? Should I be worried about my family and housemates getting it from me, even though we do not have sexual contact? If possible please state your source and if you are from a medical background. Please be serious, I really need help and answers. Thanks!

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3 Responses to “How many ways can genital herpes be spread?”
  1. gangadharan_nair says:

    Both herpes simplex virus-1 and virus-2 may be transmitted through sex, or by kissing or touching any affected area. A condom can prevent herpes transmission during vaginal or anal sex, but oral contact with genitals or open sores anywhere can spread the disease. Washing hands can also minimize transmission.
    Please note that if herpes simplex virus is spread to the eyes, it is highly dangerous. Virus STDs can not be cured. During pregnancy, girls with active herpes infection have to undergo ceasarian operation to avoid herpetic infection to the child.

  2. Shaune G says:

    Herpes is spread by direct skin to skin contact. Unlike a flu virus that you can get through the air, herpes spreads by direct contact, that is, directly from the site of infection to the site of contact. For example, if you have a cold sore and kiss someone, you can transfer the virus to their mouth. Similarly, if you have active genital herpes and have vaginal or anal intercourse, you can give your partner genital herpes. Finally, if you have a cold sore and put your mouth on your partners genitals (oral sex), you can give your partner genital herpes.

    If you have an outbreak, avoid touching the sores, if you do, wash your hands well with soap and water.

    It is spread from direct skin to skin contact-not the toilet seats or other objects.

  3. Harmony says:

    There is only one way the virus is spread – skin to skin contact with the infected area. The herpes virus isn’t spread from inanimate objects such as toilet seats. Having the virus is stressful enough so no need to make it any worse by stressing about things that don’t exist. Have a look here, about halfway down the page: http://www.herpes-coldsores.com/herpes_transmission.htm

    Hope it helps
    Harmony
    http://www.harmonyonline.com.au

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