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How long can herpes live outside the body?
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avocados2 posted:
I know its lifespan depends on what kind of surface it's left on so I'm wondering how long it lives on various kinds of surfaces. For example, if I get it on my hand will it live longer than if I get it on my computer keyboard. If I get it on my hand and there is a cut on my finger will there be a higher chance I will get herpetic whitlow?
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betsyo1967 responded:
it can live for a day or so on surfaces but it takes more than just coming in actual contact to transmit the virus. You could actually put active herpes virus on your hand and never get infected. it takes more than just touching it and it isn't transmitted from surfaces.
Talking about std testing is NORMAL and something we all should be doing EVERY TIME before we have sex with a new partner :)


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