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kmtj

Hello,

I have a beautiful daughter who is aprox 3 months old and was delivered by c-section in September. I was wondering if I can take a bath with her if I have HSV-2? Is it possible to spread the virus to her by the bath water?

Thanks,

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Shayna

Hi Kmtj,

I don't have children but I would have to say I don't think bathing with an infant when you have hsv2 is a good idea. Why risk it? Please correct me if I'm wrong folks....:confused:

I try to look at things in life in a way where I don't have to look back and say "if only I hadn't ___".

It think you can still have sweet bath times together, with her in the tub and you playing with her from the outside. Just my way of thinking. :???:

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pinkydinkydoo

me and my son take baths too. Ive been wondering about this myself. Ima ask my OB/GYN doc tis week about it

I havent did it since I found out I had it but its easier now for us to bathe together. We got a uge garden tub so its hard for me to lean over with my 8 month pregnant belly and get him washed

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HC-Support-Team

Herpes and Bathing

Thanks VVK, that's an informative and interesting article that you have come across there.

To provide a little reassurance, there has never been any recorded incidence of the herpes virus being spread by sharing the same bath.

The CDC and American Health Association both advise that it is extremely unlikely for herpes to be spread via this method.

:arrow: Transmission Facts: http://www.herpes-coldsores.com/herpes_prevention_tips.htm

Although the herpes virus may technically survive for minutes or hours in warm water it generally lacks other factors and conditions which are required for it to be transmitted.

Shenda

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scjohn

Herpes IS spread through non-veneral routes

HC, with all due respect, I disagree with the information in the link you posted, i.e.

http://www.herpes-coldsores.com/herp...ntion_tips.htm

In this site, it says you can't transmit herpes through towels, baths, kitchen utensils, etc., but the publication the earlier poster linked to studied this thoroughly and came to the conclusion that herpes CAN and DOES survive in moist areas. I've been wondering for a long time how I got it because I've never had sex of any sort but now I realize I might have picked it up from my roommates. There are 4 of us who use the same bathtub, the publication mentioned by the earlier poster did studies that showed that herpes virus survives for a few hours in warm, chemically untreated water. Me and my roommates shower only minutes apart from each other because we're rushing to go to work or campus in the morning, so that might be how I got it, and, come to think of it, that might be how I'm unknowingly spreading it :sad:

I think it's wrong and unethical for you people to keep insisting that herpes cannot be transmitted in any way other than sex. This is wrong !! I'm lucky the earlier poster posted that publication because, up until I read it, I was under the false impression that you can't get it from inanimate objects. Herpes CAN be transmitted through towels, utensils, baths, and other inanimate objects that can provide a damp enough environment for the virus to survive in for a few hours. Not alerting people to these potential dangers will only cause them to spread it to others, which is not fair. I only now realized I might have contracted, and might be spreading herpes through the bath I share with my roommates, who knows which one of them I've given it to now. I will have to start rinsing the tub, shower head, and walls with bleach when I shower now.

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Kya
I will have to start rinsing the tub, shower head, and walls with bleach when I shower now.

And when you meet someone and have kids? Bleaching everything you touch?

that article that I just read said that even though it can survive, there is no evidence to show that it is a viable method of transmission. Otherwise as I said in another post.... we all need to be isolated if that is the case!

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HC-Support-Team

Facts vs Fiction

I will re-post my response here as I think it is relevant and important to address:

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Hi scjohn,

Before you make any further posts on the forum regarding transmission I need to clarify the facts with you.

I know that you have the best intentions but the information that you are posting is taken out of context and is not completely true.

Herpes can survive outside of the human body, and occasionally on inanimate objects, but many conditions must exist for the herpes virus to actually "transmit". Some of these factors include friction, heat and access to the body, such as through a mucous membrane or an abrasion on the skin.

In short, in order for you to contract genital herpes your genitals must come into direct contact with the herpes virus.

If you use an inanimate object such as a razor or a vibrator immediately after someone else who has a genital herpes infection this could make this scenario more likely. But as for sharing baths and towels it is highly unlikely and virtually impossible without very specific conditions existing.

scjohn, before you continue to post this concept please contact both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and America Social Health Association (ASHA) and verify your facts.

Links:

http://www.ashastd.org

http://www.cdc.gov

These goverment bodies have the responsability to prevent the spread of further infection and therefore have the most relevant and up-to-date information regarding the prevention of transmission of the Herpes simplex virus (HSV).

Once you have this confirmation I will allow you to promote this information, but as it stands what you are suggesting is against what all health care practitioners and disease specialists around the world consider to be true.

There have never been any confirmed cases of contracting genital herpes from an inanimate object, and your personal case is also speculation - there are many possibilities as to how you contracted herpes (if this is what you have been diagnosed to have) and the most unlikely and improbable of all the possibilities is that is was contracted via an inanimate object.

scjohn, please let me know what the CDC and ASHA advise when you contact them and then I will be in a better position to consider this information as factual.

Shenda

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NAVYWIFE

I have been wondering this myself and to me it just doesnt make sense that it would be possible to pass it to someone in the same bath water as you as long as there was no direct skin-skin contact.

Of course with a wiggly baby there could always be a slip... I believe it would be a little more difficult to bathe with an infant who couldnt sit because I know when mine was small I would have him between my legs.

I still bathe with my 2 year old almost every night. I do avoid taking a bath with him when I have an OB though because I put salt in my h2o as well as I really just need some private time during those days to sit for a while and relax.

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Thanks VVK, that's an informative and interesting article that you have come across there.

To provide a little reassurance, there has never been any recorded incidence of the herpes virus being spread by sharing the same bath.

The CDC and American Health Association both advise that it is extremely unlikely for herpes to be spread via this method.

:arrow: Transmission Facts: http://www.herpes-coldsores.com/herpes_prevention_tips.htm

Although the herpes virus may technically survive for minutes or hours in warm water it generally lacks other factors and conditions which are required for it to be transmitted.

Shenda

In all honesty love,

I think it would be difficult with the rate of dormancy to RECORD incidence of transmission via anything other than intimate contact. Because it is labeled an STD, if you DID catch it somewhere... you'd only suspect your partner or any number of partners... since nothing else is proven or recorded to be true.

Just MYO Love...

Love and light...

Ms. Rachel E. Milano

"The Wagon Lady"

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