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JessJess
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I apologize in advance if this whole post seems silly but I have an over active mind + anxiety so this is a legitimate question. Bear with me.

I had a little get together tonight and one of the girls had a cold sore on her lip. I cleaned up everyone's cups and ended up picking hers up by the rim.
I went to the restroom probably 5 minutes later and without washing my hands first, I put in a tampon. Am I at risk for getting genital herpes because of this!? I dont know what stage her cold sore was at, or how exactly this is spread. I'm just panicking.
Thanks for the information/help!

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Heather
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Obviously, in the future, just in terms of general hygiene, you'll want to get in the habit of washing your hands before touching your genitals.

That said, indirect possible contact with the herpes virus like this does not likely pose risks of acquiring it.

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