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anael1238
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So this may sound really paranoid but at school I accidentally drank from a water bottle that someone left on the table. I heard its possible to get the herpes simple virus that way, is it true??? or some other kind of disease???
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Ideally, just picking up a glass or a bottle of water that's lying around and drinking from it is a bad idea. That's not a sound choice for your health.

That said, you're way more likely top pick up a cold or flu virus that way than HSV. But all the same, all you can do now is make a point to not just grab random glasses or bottles and drink out of them.

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Yeah I thought it was mine because it was the same exact brand. I hope I'm just being paranoid. Is there any other disease that can be contracted this way? Aside from the flu and colds? so I shouldn't really be worried about hpv ya think
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Oops hsv
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Many kinds of viruses can be transmitted like that, but again, there is really nothing to do now, you know? All you can do is to be more mindful in the future and figure that if you're current with all your vaccines, you've done all you can do. This stuff happens often enough in life, and most of the time, most people don't contract serious diseases this way.

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What kinds of disease if you don't mind?
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Seriously, there are so many -- everything from the common cold to meningitis -- I'd be here all day (and it's also not really part of my job as someone who provides sex and relationships education). A lot of viruses can be transmitted by sharing water glasses or bottles.

So, once more with feeling, since there is nothing you can do now about having shared this, and worrying doesn't change a thing, the best you can do is just be more mindful in the future.

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I see thank you! Should I get tested for hsv or anything do you think
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Testing for HSV is actually very uncommon and also pretty tricky, especially since almost all of us will have antibodies since it's so widespread.

But when you have your health checkups, you can always ask your doctor what, if any, infections they think you should be tested for.

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I apologize if this seems like a stupid question but there's no way I could get any type of std this way right? Or anything that would impact my bc pill?
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You will find this article helpful in understanding what will and won't affect your birth control pill's effectiveness:

Combined Oral Contraceptives (The Pill)

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No I meant any std or disease in general or any disease that could affect me and my pill
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Illness doesn't affect the pill, generally, unless it causes vomiting or diarrhea. The effectiveness of your pill is not something you need to be concerned about here.

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As Heather said, there is a wide, wide variety of viruses that someone could potentially get from drinking from another person's water bottle. It's not our area of expertise to know all of the diseases someone could possibly contract.

I gave you that link on the Pill so you could read about what interacts with the pill. You will not see any viruses or other types of diseases in that list. Make sense?

You already mentioned HSV which is the one most commonly passed through oral contact.

However, if we walked around wondering what sorts of illnesses everyone we encounter are carrying (don't forget there are lots of airborne illnesses, though not the category knowns as STIs, too) we'd drive ourselves a little crazy I think.

Because this has already happened, it's important to accept what is and just be more careful in the future.

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Oh I meant like it is possible to get any std this way >< sorry! That's so true about the airborne illnesses though!! Thank you!!
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STI stands for Sexually Transmitted Infection. The keywords here are sexually transmitted, which means transmitted through sexual activities. Sharing a water bottle is not sexual by any definition I'm aware of. (Oral herpes is not an STI).

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Oh ok thanks, I was under the impression that oral
Herpes was. So it's not the same as genital herpes then?

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They are different strains - they both can be transmitted sexually, but usually people get HSV-I young from family or friends. HSV-I is usually orally transmitted and HSV-II is usually genitally transmitted.

Check out this:
The STI Files: Herpes

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So to clarify, a person with oral herpes shouldn't give oral sex? I'm concerned as to if I should get tested for it or anything. I read the link you gave me and so does this mean to be careful
I should always use condoms or whatnot

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Well, it's good practice to use condoms to keep yourself safe from other STIs you can get from oral sex until or unless you know the disease status of your partner or partners.

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My boyfriend and I had been tested and we're both good. Im confused as to if I should get tested for HSV and stuff or am I just being overly paranoid? Like should I always use condoms from now on, or never participate in oral sex and so forth. Im so sorry ><"
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At this point, I would say you have nothing to worry about. There's no reason to think that you've been exposed to anything. Okay?

You could certainly ask for HSV tests at your next routine appointment, but you have no reason to become alarmed now and change what you do.

In fact, the most constructive thing you can do right now is work on making it easier for you to identify your own water bottle so you don't make a mistake again. Make sense?

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Seriously thanks so much for talking me through this and calming me down. I'm so appreciative. I should just chill and bring my own little water container lol.
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