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Q: can you get hsv type1 from a water fountain or drinking from the same water bottle?

can you get herpes type 1 from a water fountain or drinking from the same water bottle?

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Penelope James, Health Guide
1/27/09 1:53am

Hi boo-boo,


Thanks for posting your question.  Yes, it is possible to get oral herpes (type 1 doesn't necessarily mean oral) from drinking out of the same water bottle (or cup, etc.) as someone who is infected.  It is a much greater risk if the infected person is having an outbreak when you share the drink with him/her.  However, the risk is still there even if the outbreak is not.  It is a relatively easy virus to catch, which is why it is estimated that more than half of the population has it.  


A water fountain on the other hand, I would say no.  Unless you're putting your mouth on the water fountain itself, there should be no risk.  But if you are putting your mouth on the water fountain, I would worry about other infections in addition to herpes.  In other words, just don't put your mouth on the water fountain.  


For more information, I suggest you check out the Causes and Risk Factors, Transmission, and Prevention pages of the site.



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