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Can Herpes Spread Through Using The Same Public Toilet Seats?

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Posted on Wed, 18 Oct 2017
Question: 1-I have only Herpe 1, can it be spread by toilet seat if dry or been an half hour and I walked away, or (my toothbrush if dry)-would my kids then be ok to sit on it.

2-the last doctor mentioned its no big deal to kiss your kids and they get it, bc it is very very common and they will prob get it when their older. HOwever- if he was to get it, he would experience an outbreak possible on the lips or the private parts, as I did.(only having herpe I) I am suppose to only experience on the lips but I got it severe on the private parts, and i wouldnt want a 5 yr old dealing with this? I think it is a big deal in that regards and never certain how often they will have outbreaks.
true?
3-am I more likely to get shingles, cervix cancer (im a women)? should i get a vaccine as i am 34.
4-if i kiss my childrens cheeks can it be transferred? (with no sores) ?yes? because slightly the inside of my lips saliva could be on their cheeks?
5-i was told to wait 6 months for the "shedding" process before having sex with husband, is it less likely he would get it, or no doubt he will?
6-i had to take a pill J49, and am feeling light headed and faint is this common. i have not eaten either in days as i also am not feeling like eating, but rather pushing myself to eat.
7-if a vaccine should ever be made will it protect them completely? from a kiss etc.
8-also something that it compulsive for me, if I bite my nail and then start typing is the virsus still on my finger so i cannot touch someone's face? i need to always wash my hands anytime i remotely touch my lips/mouth? or if it dries in the air, as Im typing.. do i need to worry about it? I am just carrying around antispetic wipes but going through them so quick bc I keep worrying. Will the germ live on the keyboard that I touched and for how long?
9-if i touch my lips and then touch my eye, can i also get another virus in the eyes?
i heard of a herpe eye virus?

how did i get it? by oral sex being done to me or giving it?
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Answered by Dr. Ivo Ditah (53 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Do you have an active blister at this time?

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

Herpes one only spreads if there is an active blister. If you do not have any, then you cannot possibly contaminate anyone including your children whether you kiss them or not. If you have a blister, avoid contacting and sharing instruments with them as this can lead to transmission.

The most common way through which herpes 1 is transmitted is by contact. This happens in persons who have active blisters and get to spread the viruses around through direct contact or on other materials like tissues, towels. etc.

Let me know whether you have an active lesion or not. If you cannot see a blister, then you cannot infect anyone.

I wish you well and feel free to follow up with me if need be.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Ivo Ditah (48 minutes later)
I have an active blister, however 2 doctors said it can be spread regardless if active as "shedding" is a process and virus is always preset.

I also did not get it by someone with a blister nothing was present so therefore one can pass the virus with no presence of blisters?!
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Answered by Dr. Ivo Ditah (26 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Highest risk is when blisters are present!

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

Maybe I was too simplistic. However, the greatest risk is when active blisters are present. In the absence of blisters, the risk is minimal and very low but never zero. That is why taking precautions is universal and always.

Herpes is a sexually transmitted infection. This means that it takes contact with the sexual areas: Mouth and genitals for transmission to take place. Shaking hands with a child will not lead to this.

The main goal here would be to see whether your partner is infected or not. If not, regular use of condom should be encouraged. If active lesions, valacyclovir can be used to help control these symptoms and risk of contamination.

I hope this helps. I wish you well. Feel free to follow up as you deem necessary!
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Can Herpes Spread Through Using The Same Public Toilet Seats?

Brief Answer: Do you have an active blister at this time? Detailed Answer: Hi, Herpes one only spreads if there is an active blister. If you do not have any, then you cannot possibly contaminate anyone including your children whether you kiss them or not. If you have a blister, avoid contacting and sharing instruments with them as this can lead to transmission. The most common way through which herpes 1 is transmitted is by contact. This happens in persons who have active blisters and get to spread the viruses around through direct contact or on other materials like tissues, towels. etc. Let me know whether you have an active lesion or not. If you cannot see a blister, then you cannot infect anyone. I wish you well and feel free to follow up with me if need be.