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Christine2219

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Christine2219

So this might be a really stupid question....but i'm new to this. I feel like I'm a walking disease. I'm not sure if I should be washing my undies seperately or not? Is washing them in a seperate load enough? I'm so scared of spreading this thing to my family. Or causing herpes whitlow....is that possible?

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helied2me

I also wondered if I should wash my clothes seperately but from what I have read here the laundry soap should kill the virus. Some recommend using hot water but I just use the warm water cycle. And I make sure I wash my hands after handling undies and towels, which I did before H anyway.

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Shayna

I remember the day I was first diagnosed. I walked into my bathroom to take a shower wearing big yellow rubber gloves, honest. I looked around my bathroom thinking how the hell am I going to do life in hazmat gear?

I've read and learned a lot since then, I've spoken with people who have lived well with hsv for years, and I'm much more relaxed now.

I do my laundry as I always have, if it calls for a cold cycle, that's what I do...if it needs hanging to dry, I do that. Soap and water kills the virus, so it doesn't matter if you mix your clothes/towels/laundry etc, with other family members, it will be safe.

Keep reading and talking with others...it helps!

This will all get easier for you...sooner than you think.

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Christine2219

Thanks. I was diagnosed less than a week ago so everything is so new. I'm really freaking out about alot.

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Christine2219

So.....I've been freaking about the whole hand washing thing. I'm worried that if i have a cut or break in the skin that it could spread the virus to my hands. How common is that? Also....what parts of the body are suseptable to the spread of the virus. I think i'm just getting completely neurotic about the whole thing, but every little itch worries me.

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helied2me

I am still in the stage of obsessive handwashing and probably always will be. It is my understanding that you are more like to spread it to other parts until you build up anti-bodies. They call it autoinnoculation. Be particularly careful not to touch any mucous membranes such as eyes nose and mouth without washing your hands if you have touched the infected area.

I completely understand worrying about every little itch or bump or pimple. I think most of us here have gone through that. I did have a couple of scratches or cuts on my hands early on but so far I haven't passed the infection to that area. Just keep practicing good hygiene.

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    • Quest
      When I broke out/ shed it usually was on my backside left side, my  upper crack or back right below the belt! Doggy style is my absolute favorite position which makes him very vulnerable! I think there definitely is an advantage to wearing some sexy clothes or latex! Or even the liquid gloves. I think the biggest problem is that people shave now and they nick and cut themselves! That leads them open for infection on any part of the boxer area!  
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