Ok, I feel really dumb asking this, but I honestly dont know and I cant really find the answer anywhere...can you get genital herpes from a towel? how long can the virus or whatever survive outside of the body?
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quote: One theoretically possible, but highly unlikely, scenario is contracting the herpes virus from a damp towel. This may happen if an infected person, with significant viral shedding from active sores, rubs off a good amount of the virus onto a damp towel that is immediately used by an uninfected person, who then wipes it against his or her mucous membranes.
And from another section of the same site:
quote: Normally, the herpes virus cannot live outside of a human host for more than a second or two. Some studies have shown that the virus can live up to several hours under warm, moist conditions, such as those created by steam baths and hot tubs. In such si tuations, however, the virus is weakened significantly, making it unlikely for infection to occur. Of course, there is always that shadow of a doubt---but very rarely do we ever hear of non-human transmission of herpes.
So yes, the towel scenario is possible, but quite unlikely.
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