[Question #3956] Follow up to #3816 HSV Non Sexual Transmission

31 months ago
Hi Terri,
I was not able to respond until the question was closed. Yes I find my self still trying understand things  and apply them to my life. Referencing back to my 1st question and your response. 

 So based on you responce it is  OK to get dressed with out worry of spreading HSV or needing to wash your hands after putting on underwear, pants ,and belt?

 1). I have been very concerned about the clothing in my gentile area that sometimes brushes up against my gentiles or I touch while getting dressed or using the bath room. I am concerned about the bottom of  my shirt, belt, and crouch area of my pants would pick up the virus and it would get spread around by my hands or something that came into contact with that area of clothing. Lately I have been extra careful to try and make sure nothing comes in contact with that part of my clothing and I have been washing my hands if I touch that area. Is this a realistic concern? If no why not?

Response
1.  There is zero risk of you spreading herpes by contact with clothing as you describe in this question. No risk at all.

In my 3rd question


3)  If you forget or are unable to wash your hands after using the bathroom ie. Camping or in the outdoors. Does it matter as far as spreading the virus or being contagious? If no why not?

You responded with

3.  No, you will not spread the virus, even if you can't wash your hands,simply because you touch your penis while urinating.  That's not how this works.


My question is...Can you explain to me how it works? if there is a answer. I am trying to understand why HSV is only sexually transmitted so can put the worries about non sexual transmission to rest.


Thank you.


Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
31 months ago
The virus needs living human cells to survive - and warmth.  There are no human cells growing in your clothing.  It takes a certain volume of virus to infect another person and it requires that the virus come in contact with mucous membrane or the very thin skin of the genitals to enter the body.  It is simply not transmitted through clothing or by simply touching your penis while urinating. Nothing there provides the right environment that this virus needs to live and replicate. 

Terri
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31 months ago
Thank you Terri,
So in other words a higher volume of virus must transmit from one hospitable location directly to another hospitable location and this is why there is no risk except for sexual trans mission?
 And a little repetitive but this would be the reason that it is ok  to get dressed with out worry of spreading HSV or needing to wash your hands after putting on underwear, pants ,and belt?
 Lastly I came across these statements in a 2007 post by Dr Handsfeild.  Are they still accurate for 2018? " You truly have no worries of herpes transmission in the household.  It simply does not occur, no matter how  you clean (or don't clean) and no matter how you use clothes, toilets, towels, etc. Bottom line:  Continue to use common-sense hygiene (hand washing after toilet, for example), but otherwise don't worry about this "
  
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
31 months ago
Exactly.  I think you're understanding it now. 
And yes, Dr. Handsfield's statements were true then and are still true. 
I understand that you have anxiety about this issue and you certainly are not the only one to have these worries.  I'm glad the forum is here to help put your mind at rest.

Terri
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31 months ago
Thank you again and for making yourself accessible!
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
31 months ago
You are most welcome

Terri
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