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My friend and I were doing some labouring work and he had a coldsore sore, which was beginning to heal, on his lip. He wiped his face/mouth on my towel. Not long afterwards I wiped my face on it and my lips came into contact with his saliva. I washed my lips with water soon after.

Today I have a sore throat.

Could I have contracted HSV-1? What is the likelihood?


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I don't think you get sore throat by being exposed to the HSV virus in that way, even if you were...

Mostly, you get HSV virus by skin-to-skin contact.

You washed your lip quickly, besides... I doubt if you got the virus in that way.... possibility of getting the virus in that way is very small...

You don't have to worry so much, I think...


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Thanks for the reply.

ive heard that it requires certain 'perfect' conditions to be met for transmission. i washed my lip around a minute later quite thorouly. he was sure that it was healing and later at the pub offered to share a drink with us, and he said he is very careful when it comes to ensuring he dosnt transmit it. hopefully i havent got it. paranoia is annoying. by the way, what was the "you dont have to worry so much, i think..." meant to mean?

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Sorry. I just meant .. "don't worry". :D

Yeah... in the study, they say that there are possibility that you can get infected from wet towel which someone who has sore used. But... I never heard the actual case.

This virus can't live long in oxygenated envoronments. ( This is what people are talking about here in this forum... You see the posts about oxygen therapy and ozone therapy....?)

Anyway, I think you're fine.



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