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Old 01-11-2009, 04:33 PM   #1
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how long does HSV live outside the body?

My roommate has HSV. we use the same shower/tub and toilet, as well as the same dishes and silverware? How long can the HSV live on objects such as a toilet seat or silverware. I am very concerned that i may get it just by living in the same house as she does? She also uses my washer to wash her clothes in.

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Old 01-11-2009, 05:18 PM   #2
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Re: how long does HSV live outside the body?

Virus lives seconds on surfaces. It needs heat and mositure to survive. And friction on skin to skin contact.
What type does she have? 1 or 2? And where does she have it?

It is just good common hygiene and common sense that is needed here. You should not share towels, toothbrushes, utensils, razors with anyone. Lots of other nasty things much worse than herpes can be spread that way (i.e. HIV and hepatitis). Simple soap and water kills the virus on surfaces and in the wash. If you are REALLY neurotic about it, keep some of those bleach wipes on the back of the toilet but the risk there is nil also.

It's called a sexually transmitted virus for a reason. It's not called a casually transmitted virus. If you are not having sex with her ... you should be fine.
HSV-2 positive. Found out 9-27-07. Flu-like symptom 6-7-07.
Year one outbreaks Sep Oct Nov Dec Apr Jun. Ugh.
Year two outbreaks Dec Apr/May

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