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laudividni987456321
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Hi, just had a few questions about the transmission of cold sores. I'm sorry if this sounds really ignorant...but i just need some straight up info from a reliable source.

1) is it actually possible to tranfer it via money? e.g. checkout girl has a coldsore-touches it-hands me my money which i touch-then i touch my face?

2) if someone with a cold sore kisses your cheek (not super close to mouth) is it possible to get it like that?
or if someone has just kissed someone with one then they kiss you on the cheek is that possible?

i've read that you shouldnt kiss new babies if you have a cold sore, so i'm just wondering if that applies to adults too? and if not why not?

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Infants have brand new immune systems: it's much easier for infants and younger people to catch all kinds of things that healthy people who are older (though it reverses as you get into the senior years).

In general, in life, we want to wash our hands regularly to protect ourselves from all kinds of things, including viruses.

However, herpes is most often acquired through fairly direct contact from someone with a sore or something someone with a sore has put ON that sore ( like a drinking glass or toothbrush). I know that when I worked as a cashier, I never rubbed the money on my face, so I don't see anyone needing to worry about that (especially since then you'd need to rub it on your face, too).

But with someone with an active sore kissing you on the face, then yes, that can pose a risk of transmission. With the this-person-kisses-this-one-then-you you're getting outside a direct path there, so again, that's not likely.

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so if someone with one kissed me on the cheek, would a cold sore appear where they kissed me? or on my lip?

also..i just want reassurance on this, that washing clothes well will definitely kill the virus (and anyothers lurking in there)?

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Yes, washing clothes will definitely kill the virus.

If someone with a cold sore kissed you on the cheek, and you were infected with the virus as a result, it would most likely appear on your lips, just because that's where cold sores usually show up.

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so with the cheek thing, if someone with a coldsore kissed you on the forehead would that have the same transmission?

Also, if an area like the ankle came in contact with a straw end that hand been used by someone with a cold sore would that pose any risk? Also, if in that scenario that ankle came into contact with areas like the inner thigh/genital region, less than 30 from original straw contacts would that pose a risk? and would the virus live in bedsheets that are staying on the bed for now?

Thank you for answering my questions

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Talking about faces and talking about ankles like they were similar doesn't work in this context.

Herpes is about transmission via mucous membranes. Your face has several: your eyes, nose and mouth. Cheeks and foreheads are close to them. Ankles on the other hand, aren't near any. Sure, an ankle can get moved around, but still, not the same.

Linens and things are not known to be a transmission issue with HSV.

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thank you.

i've heard it can live on towels when they are damp enough....im just wondering, if those conditions were applied to another object, shoes/boots/anything really, so that they are warm/damp enough....would the virus live for more than a week?

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s Heather said: Linens and things are not known to be a transmission issue with HSV.

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if you dont have one, but some does, and you kiss them On the cheek not overly close to mouth, is that a major risk?

I couldnt see properly or not because they have a moustache but if they did is this a risk?

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