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Sunday, December 30, 2012 Confused, Community Member, asks

Q: Can you get herpes by taking a bath with someone or using their towel?

Took a bath with someone and we dried off sharing towels found out later that person had herpes.
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Disclosing Herpes, Community Member
1/ 8/13 12:09am

No you can't. It takes skin to skin contact. The virus lives in bodily fluids not in towels or bath water.

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mike luna, Community Member
1/ 8/13 8:42am

You herpes lives and can be transfer from skin to skin contact. If the the skin is close and not open [like a small cut] can it be spread? Like if she touches me with her hand and she has no opening and that hand does not go to her mouth or any other opening just skin to skin can it be spread? How long can the herpes virus live outside the body? 

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Disclosing Herpes, Community Member
1/12/13 12:32am

The virus cannot live outside the body very long-- a few seconds. It needs body fluids. Genital herpes lives in the lower spine. It can't live in the hand. Oral herpes can live in the upper spine (oral outbreaks) and lower spine (like genital herpes and spreads through oral sex). Even without outbreaks, an infected person can pass the virus. If you are having sexual relationships with a person who carries the herpes virus, even with the use of a condom and antiviral drugs, you can still get herpes. If you don't want it, don't have sexual relations with an infected person. Trust me, you can't trust other people to disclose it. Unfortunately, many people are either ashamed to disclose it or they just don't care about you.

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Disclosing Herpes, Community Member
1/14/13 11:50pm

Why are so worried? If so, what are you doing messing around with someone who has herpes? If someone touched the genitals and immediately rubbed their eyes, it could cause a problem. It spreads skin to skin contact in the genital areas if hsv-2 or mouth to mouth (genitals) if hsv-1. It needs a place in the spine to settle in. Look eiather you were or were not infected- you'll know soon enough and will have to deal with it. However, if you don't want herpes, don't have sexual relations with someone who is infected it. Some people lie, lie, lie. You may wish to have you and your future partnes tested for it before starting something up.

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John John, Community Member
1/12/13 8:22pm

Potentially, if there was any touching while you were together, after you dried off.

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Disclosing Herpes, Community Member
1/14/13 4:28am

No, you would have to have skin to skin contact (close rubbing) in the genital areas. It doesn't jump from towel to towel-- it's not flees or lice, it's herpes. It seems that you are looking for out as to how you or someone got herpes. If it's genital herpes, it was sexual contact. 

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monica James, Community Member
2/ 7/14 12:26pm

I have herpes and my boyfriend knows about it and I take my medication regularly but he wants a baby so we have been trying to get pregnant and he has not yet contracted herpes that's very weird because everyone says he could catch but for 3 months we've haven't had protected sex and still clean of all diseases

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Mumma, Community Member
3/ 4/14 5:35am

after 10 ys of faithfull marriage and 2 children (baby is 4 mths) I have just had my first attack. it can sit in your system for years before it surfaces. we don't know if my hubby has it or for that fact where it came from. I read a story the other day about a 70yr old who had her first attack after 40 yrs of faithfull marriage. my first son took almost 3 yrs to conceive but our second son only took 3 months. Niether of us showed any signs if it before now. Good luck with conceiving Laughing

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