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herpes virus
Mar 3, 1997

Could herpes virus survive even a few moments in any ideal medium that could be found off or outside the body?

Response from Mr. Sowadsky

Hi. Thank you for your question.

I'm assuming you're talking about the Herpes simplex virus (sexually transmitted herpes). Under natural conditions, the herpes virus will not survive at all outside the human body. This virus is NOT transmitted through any form of casual contact, including toilet seats, and everyday household contact. This infection is transmitted by DIRECT contact with a herpes lesion on the mouth, genitals, or anus. If your mouth, genitals or anus does not come in direct contact with a herpes lesion, you are not at risk of this infection. Because this virus does not survive outside the human body, it is NOT transmitted by everyday casual contact.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to call the Centers for Disease Control at 1.800.232.4636 (Nationwide).



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