[Question #3686] Hsv2 Transmission

35 months ago
I have Hsv2. I was at a party and went to get a spoonful of ice cream. The ice cream was stuck on the spoon so I scraped it off with my fork. But I forgot that I had just used the fork to take a bite of something, thereby possibly getting saliva onto the fork then onto the spoon.I put the spoon back into the ice cream to get a little more when I realized my mistake. I think I got a bit more and then replaced the spoon with a clean one. I had no sores on or in my mouth that I am aware of. Did I expose someone to Hsv2?
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
35 months ago
Wait - you have HSV 2 genital infection?  The virus does not come up through your body and out of your mouth.  It stays in the nerves in the genital area.  Even if you had oral HSV 1 infection, this action you describe above would not put you at risk for giving someone else HSV - none

Terri
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35 months ago
Thank you. What about HPv, as i have 2 small genital pimple like things that the dermatologist said is hpv. Could i transfer HPV via my saliva into the fork and spoon into the ice cream?
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
35 months ago
No.  Viruses need warmth to survive and ice cream definitely doesn't give them that!

Terri
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35 months ago
Last question. If I EVER had an Hsv2 outbreak orally, would I have exposed anyone to Hsv2 virus via the fork to spoon to ice cream scenario, if I was NOT having any kind of oral outbreak at the time?
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
35 months ago
No!  Did you read my response about the virus needing heat to live?  This is just not how this all works. I can reassure you, for a multitude of reasons, that you did not infect anyone with HSV 2 via this ice cream incident

Terri
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