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Friend shook hands after touching a cold sore. Worried about HSV transmission?

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Hi there. I am a very healthy 29 year old male and I work very hard to ensure I stay healthy. I do not have any STDs and do not have HSV1/cold sores. Today, I ran into an old friend. As I was approaching him, he was touching his face. He extended his hand, and we shook hands. As I got closer, I realized he had just been touching a cold sore and I shook his hand immediately after. I had no access to soap and water until I got home, at which time I immediately washed my hands with hot water and soap. I don't think I touched my own face between shaking his hand and washing my hands but to keep from being paranoid, my question is, is this a situation that would allow HSV1 to be transmitted or can I rest easy regardless? Thank you for your insight.
Posted Thu, 29 Aug 2013 in Skin Hair and Nails
Answered by Dr. Rahul Kumar 21 minutes later
Thanks for the query. Dont worry you are totally safe. Any virus requires a mild abrasion in skin to enter. Apart from this Hsv is highly specific. Which means it can be only transmitted if the fluid directly comes in contact of your lips.
So just relax. Let me know if you have any other doubt. Thank you.
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