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alyssa.jacobs
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Can the herpes virus be transmitted via a toilet seat?
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Heather
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Toilet seats really aren't something people have to worry about with sexually transmitted infections.

The president of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) has stated elsewhere that she is unaware of even one single case where an STI was acquired that way.

For sure, bathrooms have a lot of germs in them, but so long as you're washing your hands after you use the toilet, it's all probably good.

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Thanks. I have read that herpes can be spread without there even being any blisters. How is this possible? What is it that spreads herpes?
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Herpes is a virus, just like a cold or flu virus. Those viruses, however, are airborne. Herpes is spread by direct contact with the virus, usually by having skin-to-skin contact with someone who has it.

It is most often spread when there are active sores or when someone with Herpes is developing an active sore. However, there's also something called "asymptomatic shedding" of that virus, in which it can be spread without sores.

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Oh ok. My friend is unsure at the moment if she has contracted this virus. She believes the guy who she had sex with has some sort of STD. She and some friends--including me--shared a bathroom with her for a day, just the toilet. We we--me and some friends--be at risk if, by chance, she contracted the virus? Should we be screened now? This happened only yesterday.
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This kept me up all night :/ (as you can see in the time stamp haha)
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EVERYONE who is sexually active should ideally have regular STI screenings. Everyone. But if and when we suspect or know we had intimate contact with someone who does have an active STI, we can get screened more frequently or get an additional screening. So, if she's sexually active and doesn't get tested, she should regardless. If she already does, but thinks she may have been exposed to an STI, another screening is a good idea.

If you and your friends are NOT sexually active, because you shared a bathroom with your friend is not a reason you'd need to be screened. Again, toilet seats are a non-issue. If you and/or your friends ARE or have been sexually active, again, you want to get screenings regularly regardless.

Make sense?

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Ok, thanks so much. Me and my friends are not sexually active.

The guy she had sex with said that he has been screened before. He said the test was a skin test. I have no idea what a skin test is. Is this an accurate method of testing? Which type of test would be ideal?

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If she has not been screened for STIs, what she wants is a full panel. It just doesn't make sense to screen for only one things she may have been exposed to, because she may have been exposed to anything.

I don't know what a "skin test" is either. That's not terminology we use. Perhaps he meant a cell culture? If so, know that, again, having had one test for one thing doesn't mean someone has been tested for everything. A full panel of STI tests will include blood and urine testing, a visual exam, for people with a vulva, a pap smear, and swabbing of various sites.

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