Herpes: Can You Catch it from a Toilet Seat?
Yes, in principle it it possible to catch Herpes from going to
the toilet, but it is highly unlikely. The type of Herpes you are
worried about is probably Genital Herpes caused by the virus Herpes Simplex 2. This virus lives in the body and does not survive for
long on surfaces, towels, drinks etc. Basically you have to be
sitting on a toilet seat immediately after someone who has Herpes
Simplex in outbreak sat on it and managed to smear a large amount
of virus on the seat. You will then have to have rubbed either
your genitals, anus or an open cut on your bottom or thighs on
the toilet seat to catch the virus but even in an unlikely scenario
like this, the chances of catching Herpes are very slim. You do not
have to worry about catching Herpes from going to the toilet.
If you Have Genital Herpes Take Precautions
If you have Genital Herpes, you should be careful around the
- Avoid sexual activity
- Take antiviral treatment
- Avoid touching the affected area
- Wash your hands regularly
Herpes Simplex 2 stays in your body once you've caught it. Even if
you don't have frequent outbreaks, you risk spreading it because
of the viral shedding period.
If you suspect that you have Genital herpes you should SEE YOUR DOCTOR for
diagnosis, advice and appropriate medication.
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