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Posted by: SOPHY | 2010/04/21

herpes

Hi

im currently sharing a place with a gay couple,and they recently found out that they ve got herpes,i ve done a little bit of research on that ,and i found out that this is highly contagious
should i be worried?because we share everything ,cups toilet same bath,and they ve got visible sores on the mouth can i get that from using the same cups or same bath?

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Hi Sophy

Be aware that oral herpes can be transmitted by kissing, sharing towels, or drinking from the same glass or cup. catch Herpes from going to
the toilet, but it is highly unlikely. The type of Herpes you are worried about is probably Genital Herpes caused by the virus Herpes Simplex 2. This virus lives in the body and does not survive for long on surfaces, towels, drinks etc. Basically you have to be sitting on a toilet seat immediately after someone who has Herpes
Simplex in outbreak sat on it and managed to smear a large amount of virus on the seat. You will then have to have rubbed either your genitals, anus or an open cut on your bottom or thighs on the toilet seat to catch the virus but even in an unlikely scenario like this, the chances of catching Herpes are very slim. You do not have to worry about catching Herpes from going to the toilet.

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Posted by: pharmacist | 2010/04/22

Hi Sophy

Be aware that oral herpes can be transmitted by kissing, sharing towels, or drinking from the same glass or cup. catch Herpes from going to
the toilet, but it is highly unlikely. The type of Herpes you are worried about is probably Genital Herpes caused by the virus Herpes Simplex 2. This virus lives in the body and does not survive for long on surfaces, towels, drinks etc. Basically you have to be sitting on a toilet seat immediately after someone who has Herpes
Simplex in outbreak sat on it and managed to smear a large amount of virus on the seat. You will then have to have rubbed either your genitals, anus or an open cut on your bottom or thighs on the toilet seat to catch the virus but even in an unlikely scenario like this, the chances of catching Herpes are very slim. You do not have to worry about catching Herpes from going to the toilet.

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