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I was told that the virus could live on unbroken skin (arm, leg...) for approximatley 10 to 20 minutes. Is this correct? I do believe that it can not live this long on unbroken skin. As to my understanding, it dies quickly. I take that as dies in seconds not minutes.

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The short answer is that there are no studies on this except for one which experimented the HSV beng alive in perfect conditions for 4 hours. But remember this is in perfect conditions with the right amount of temperature, humidity and with no air drying the virus. In real life the virus dies very quickly and has been confirmed by someone from Medhelp who worked in a lab and apparently the virus was lost from the STD clinic to the lab. They are very fragile. Even so they survive on the skin, they wll still need to be rubbed in if not the air will kill it. And if lets say they apparently have been rubbed in somehow, there are so many immune system defences to protect an infection.Its not an easy walk for the virus, but if the virus manages to make it to the nerves then it becomes permanet but before that it has to get through an efficient defence system. You will need a concentration of alot of virus to overwhelm the immune system.

This question is something like HIV, even in perfect laboratory conditions the virus can live for hours. But that is the laboratory not real life. If the HIV virus could live for long there would have definately been some cases of infection by using the washroom for example. But there are none, because in the real life the virus dies very quickly.

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