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Can You Get Genital Herpes From Sharing Utensils or Towels?

Question: My girlfriend just got diagnosed with Genital Herpes (HSV Type – II). We moved in together a couple of weeks ago and share towels as well as eating utensils. Is it possible that the herpes simplex virus may transmit by sharing towels or utensils?


It is unlikely to contract genital herpes from sharing utensils or towels. Herpes simplex virus (HSV) is primarily spread through direct contact with infected skin or mucous membranes, such as during sexual activity or through skin-to-skin contact during outbreaks.

While it is possible to spread herpes through sharing utensils or towels, the risk is low. The virus is not known to survive well outside the body. It cannot be transmitted through inanimate objects such as utensils or towels unless there is direct contact with an active outbreak or someone shedding the virus.

To minimize the risk of spreading herpes, avoiding sharing personal items such as towels, razors, or other personal hygiene items is best. It is also essential to practice safe sex, including using condoms and dental dams and to avoid sexual contact during outbreaks or if you or your partner have symptoms of herpes.

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