[Question #6763] Risk Assessment

14 months ago
Hi Terri some new questions

1. 3/13/2020  I kissed my girlfriend and might have wiped my mouth with my hands. about 10-15minutes later I went to a store and tried on jeans and was touching my thighs and lower back. When I got home I took a bath and washed my hands before touching my genitals. is there genital transmission risk here?

2.A few days ago my friend that's a girl was over and took a sip of my drink and when I put the cap back on I touched the top of the bottle. about 5-10 minutes later I went to urinate and touched my penis and I'm not sure if I washed my hands before I went. Any risk here?

3. Is there any risk with using a completely dry towel that you're not sure that's been washed ? Say if you're at a friends house and you use a random towel. I used one that was sitting in my laundry room

4. Touching the tops of soda bottles that have been sitting for atleast a few hours but probably a day or more and then touching your genitals, theres no risk? I know this is a very similar question to one Ive asked you before but I did it again and then masturbated afterwards 10-15 minutes later. Is it safe to say the only transmission methods for genital herpes I should be worrying about are oral, anal, and vaginal sex or sharing needles? If I've been abstinent after my HSV1 and 2 results were negative since july last year and havent had sex since, my results will be negative? I get bad folliculitis on my thighs and bottom which give me anxiety. currently looking into CBT
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
13 months ago
I think you are significantly overestimating the ability of the herpes virus to be transmitted.  None of the situations that you describe have any risk for transmission of HSV.   You are correct - the only method of transmission is oral, genital or anal sex.  Sharing needles is a risk for many other infections, but not herpes.  Remember that the IgG test misses 30% of HSV 1 and 8% of HSV  compared to the western blot so I can't promise you that you aren't infected.  You are also kissing someone - I don't know their status.

Terri 
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13 months ago
Thank you so much for your sound advice doctor. I am aware of the sensitivities of the tests and that kissing is potential grounds for oral HSV 1 transmission. Just two more followup questions and I am done and feeling much better. I appreciate you letting me know that my concerns are  a little over the top, and I am talking to somebody.

I was at a party and someone grabbed my shotglass and took a sip out of it and put it back down on the table. I picked it up and handed it to them and a few minutes later I used the restroom and touched my genitals. I'm guessing this is also NO RISK and that from now on I should not worry about touching inanimate objects even if they have come in contact with other people's saliva and then touching myself, as it's not sufficient for transmission whatsoever? This is the last time I will ask a question like this and I so appreciate your assurance, Terri. I just need to hear that I'm being ridiculous and that it's nothing to worry about. I was just worried that because of the glass being so small, there would be a good chance I touched their saliva on the cup. Just please let me know if this is also no risk :D

How safe is mutual masturbation? Say if a girl has been touching her vagina and has her bodily fluids on her hand, and then a minute or two later she puts her hand down your pants to masturbate you, is there risk in this? if so, what do you think is the approximate risk?



Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
13 months ago
Well, it's not my style to tell you that you are ridiculous, but I will tell you that neither of the situations you describe in this most recent post is a risk factor for acquiring herpes.  I'm happy to be here to answer your questions - and no question is silly.

Terri
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13 months ago
You’re a lifesaver Terri! And by most recent post you meant the shot glass and mutual masturbation thing correct ? And since I have one more reply, what about when you’re washing dishes and get dirty dishwater all over your lower shirt and stuff like that? I take it I can be free to wash dishes and recycle cans worry free and that all 6 circumstances I’ve described are of no risk. (First four questions in first post and my 2 follow up questions in second post)
13 months ago
And even after washing and touching dirty dishes, I don't have to worry about touching my privates and any sort of transmission occurring?
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
13 months ago
You've got it!  you do not need to worry about washing and dirty dishes.  Not a risk for transmission.  When you start to worry again (and you just might) keep in mind my responses here and you'll know the right answer. 

Terri
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