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Oral herpes

  1. Apr 19, 2007 #1
    Can one contract oral herpes by sharing a bottle (or cup) with someone who's infected?
     
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  4. Apr 20, 2007 #3
    In other words if your partner gets cold sores, dump them. :-)
     
  5. Apr 21, 2007 #4

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    Since 50% of teenagers have positive antibodies to HSV-1 and climbs to 85% by age 50 in the general population, that pretty much limits your playing field.:biggrin: (AND DON'T forget 70% of the time someone with HSV can shed the virus and infect others without any visible lesions!):surprised
     
  6. Apr 28, 2007 #5
    What about washing clothes together with the clothes of someone infected? (underwear too)
     
  7. Apr 29, 2007 #6

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    no the herpes virus is too fragile to survive such a bashing:smile:
     
  8. May 3, 2007 #7
    the detergent used in the wash should be pretty damaging to the proteins on the virus.
     
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