[Question #3792] Herpes Autoinoculation

34 months ago

Hello,

I have a question regarding auto innoculation of herpes.


I’ve had HSV1 orally for 17yrs and get coldsores, I get them less and less frequently with it being 5 yrs since the last one.  Recently I masturbated and rubbed my vagina vigourusly possibly leaving some skin abrasions.  The next day I was biting my nails and touching my lips quite a bit. I then washed my hands for at least 60sec, washing around and under nails too with soapy water. I then masturbated again after washing hands.  Afterwards I noticed the start of a coldsore. My question is- if I had skin abrasions on my genitals, touched my coldsore several times, washed my hands how I stated above, then masturbated; could I possibly have had HSV1 on my hands still which could have entered the abrasions and given myself genital herpes? Please let me know if this is even possible and if not, how this works so I can have some reassurance.


Thank you for your help!




Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
34 months ago
It is extremely unlikely if you have well established HSV 1 in one location on your body (and you do) that you would then get the virus in a new location.  I have seen it once in 33 years of practice, and again, we were relaying upon an accurate history of cold sores,which may not have been accurate.  I think you should have great reassurance that this did not move your HSV 1 to your genital area.

Terri
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34 months ago
Okay great thank you! I had a follow up question regarding handwashing. I did wash my hands for at least 60 sec and washed around and under nails after touching coldsore. How effective was that at removing the virus from my hands? What is the recommended time/procedure for handwashing to remove herpes virus? Does soap itself kill the virus?
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
34 months ago
You are washing too much. Please limit your washing to about 15 seconds, with the soap. The herpes virus is surrounded by a lipid layer which is easily destroyed by soap.  Too much handwashing can become a difficult habit to break and I would strongly suggest that you count slowly to 15 while  washing your hands with soap and then stop and dry them and walk away from the sink.

Terri
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34 months ago
Okay I will take your advice, thank you! I just want to confirm that since I washed my hands this well there wouldn’t have been any virus on my hands therefore there would be zero chance of transmission?
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
34 months ago
You are correct yes

Terri
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