Does Herpes Survive Outside the Human Body?
Many people are worried about catching Herpes, especially Herpes Simplex 1 and 2, also known as cold sores and Genital Herpes.
Herpes is very common and very easy to catch. But it does require close physical contact. Herpes Simplex 1 and 2 does not survive outside the human body. This means that you can not catch Herpes Simplex from sharing drinks, food, make up, going to a public toilet or using a pay phone. You need to for example kiss some one with Herpes (including dry kisses as may be exchanged between relatives), have sex or other forms of close physical contact.
Some people do report getting a cold sore after sharing make up or similar. What has really happened in these cases is that latent Herpes has been triggered to break out. It is very common to carry a Herpes virus for quite a while without knowing, even years. If you share make up, other bacteria or virus may be transferred and act as a trigger for the first Herpes outbreak. But the Herpes virus was already there. Most people carry some sort of Herpes virus and many don't even now it.
This means that although Herpes does not survive off the human body, it is still a good idea to keep good hygiene - you might transfer bacteria or other viruses that will trigger an outbreak of a latent Herpes virus in you body.
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