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Q: How long does herpes live on clothes and towels?

How long does the virus live on towels and clothes?

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VOAO, Community Member
11/19/08 8:13pm

From what my doctor told me it only lives on surfaces for couple of hours. Wash your towels in hot water (if you're sharing them) and your clothes at what ever temp you regularly wash them on. If you're washing up and have HSV2, wash your genitals last because you might infect another area.

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Kway1212, Community Member
12/15/08 7:49pm

I would assume that the herpes virus could live as long as it had any carrying "host" to feed it.  Dampness, mucus of sorts,,,especailly if folded or rolled up and not allowed to dry on towel, clothing, sheets (Use your imagination for christ's sake! )   DUH.  Most viruses do die when moisture it lost and hence,,,,all dried up!  not funny I know as I am dating them myself but got to keep it real lite or go white glove NUTS!!! right?

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By Linda Pike, Community Member— Last Modified: 02/25/11, First Published: 11/18/08