Can I get genital herpes from a toilet seat or another inanimate
No. Herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2) - the virus causing most cases of genital herpes - cannot survive long on a non-living substance like a toilet seat or hot tub. HSV-2 is most often passed by vaginal sex and anal sex. Oral sex can also transmit the disease.
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Charlotte Grayson, M.D., is an internist in the Atlanta, Georgia, area. She is a 1995 graduate of Boston University School of Medicine. She completed her internal medicine residency in 1998 at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. Previously, Dr. Grayson was Senior Medical Editor for a leading healthcare content company. She frequently speaks to the media about health, appearing on Fox News and CNN and contributing to TIME, Real Simple, Women’s Health, and WebMD magazines.