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HSV1 transmission under water
An_254186 posted:
I was diagnosed 3 years ago with HSV1 by a culture taken from the tip of my penis. I have not had an outbreak since diagnosed. Given the chlorine and chemicals present in a pool or hot tub, does the usual risk of transmission during unprotected intercourse from shedding exist? And what about in fresh water, and salt water?
abe648 responded:
In order for HSV to be transmitted there must be heat and friction with some type of sexual contact. If there is no contact in any kind of water then no transmission. As well the chlorine in a public pool and a public hot tup/pool would kill the virus as well. Also Sea water has salt in it which is a clensing agent naturally cleans things. I do not think you would have a risk in salt water but I cannot be sure. Again no sexual contact no transmission.
Abe ...I am not a medical professional. Read the Herpes Handbook, Watch the Video and Terri Warren's book is availible umder the Heading Herpes at

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