[Question #5085] Indirect HSV 2 transmission

25 months ago
Hello
I am wondering how long the HSV 2 virus lives on a wet baby wipe, and if a non infected person mistakenly grabbed a dirty baby wipe used by an infected person with HSV 2 and then wiped their genitals with it, can this non infected person now become infected with HSV 2?

Thank you.
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
25 months ago
That seems a really unlikely scenario to me but if there was very little time in between the use of the baby wipe by an infected person and the uninfected person, there is a tiny chance of transmission but the chemicals on the baby wipe likely killed the virus before the second person could use it.

Terri
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25 months ago
There was roughly 30 minutes to 1 hour between the two incidents, does that lower the odds?? I’m terrified of this mode of transmission it was such a freak accident. 
I just read everywhere that the virus lives longer on a wet surface I’m so scared. 
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
25 months ago
Yes, definitely, an interval between use of the wipes decreases the changes of transmission, which are already very close to zero!  I would guess the risk here is something one in a million, if even that.
While it is true that the virus can live longer on a wet surface, the fact that the wipes contain chemicals that would act against the virus negates that effect.

Terri
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