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Can I get genital herpes from a toilet seat or hot tub?

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It's very rare, if not impossible, to get genital herpes any other way than by sexual contact.

SOURCES:  Fleming, et al. "Herpes Simplex Virus Type 2 in the United States, 1976 to 1994," New England Journal of Medicine, Oct. 16, 1997. ASHA, National Herpes Resource Center. NIAID (fact sheet), "Genital Herpes," Sept. 2003. MEDLINEplus Medical Encyclopedia: "Herpes genital (genital Herpes simplex)." CDC, "Sexually Transmitted Diseases Treatment Guidelines 2002." WebMD Medical News: "Herpes Virus Linked to Cervical Cancer," Nov. 5, 2002.Terri Warren, RN, Westover Heights Clinic. Warren, Terri, RN, and Warren, Ricks, PhD, The Updated Herpes Handbook. Portland Press, 2002.

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on September 26, 2019

SOURCES:  Fleming, et al. "Herpes Simplex Virus Type 2 in the United States, 1976 to 1994," New England Journal of Medicine, Oct. 16, 1997. ASHA, National Herpes Resource Center. NIAID (fact sheet), "Genital Herpes," Sept. 2003. MEDLINEplus Medical Encyclopedia: "Herpes genital (genital Herpes simplex)." CDC, "Sexually Transmitted Diseases Treatment Guidelines 2002." WebMD Medical News: "Herpes Virus Linked to Cervical Cancer," Nov. 5, 2002.Terri Warren, RN, Westover Heights Clinic. Warren, Terri, RN, and Warren, Ricks, PhD, The Updated Herpes Handbook. Portland Press, 2002.

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on September 26, 2019

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