[Question #4469] Oral herpes from water bottle

28 months ago
Good morning,

I would like to know if it is possible that I contract oral herpes from drinking from the same water bottle that someone who has oral herpes drank from a minute before? I have read from doctor Terri Warren that herpes transmission could happen from sharing a lipstick because it is moist, wouldn't that apply also to a water bottle since the top of the bottle is moist with water and closed with a cap? Thank you in advance for your answer.

Best,
AA
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
28 months ago
No.  And the risk from sharing lipstick is tiny tiny tiny.  The thing about lipstick is that it, by it's nature, stays moist and when capped, a little warm.  And if it lived on lipstick, it would be for only a very short amount of time.  I don't think a water bottle provides the same environment for the virus.

Terri
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28 months ago
Hi Terri,

Could you tell me please why you don't think the environment is the same as the one in a lipstick? If someone drinks from a water bottle and then caps it, the top of the bottle remains moist with water, doesn't it?  I apologize for insisting but I would love to have a peace of mind regarding this because as of now I am worrying about it. I thank you for your comprehension.

Best,
AA
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
28 months ago
The water bottle is cold and hard plastic or metal - not the same. 

Terri
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28 months ago
Thank you Terri. One last question please, would the transmission still be unlikely if I drank from the same water bottle immediately after it was used by someone infected, or is it only if a minute or so passes?
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
28 months ago
I would say it doesn't really matter. 

Terri
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