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tothefuture

skin to skin contact - misleading?

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tothefuture

If the virus can be passed on by touching an infected person's genitals and then touching your own genitals - why is this not pointed out in all the literature?

Strictly speaking I guess this is classed as 'skin to skin' transmission - but surely it's also misleading?

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VVK

There are many things about herpes literature that is misleading and that could use a lot more clarification. This just being one of them.

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zaherpes

Another thing, how about gym equipment, especially if sharing weights with someone when doing sets? Lots of sweat, warmth, etc. seems like a decent setting and you usually start a few seconds after the other person. With things like herpes whitlow, is that a possible means of transmission? (even though I dont think I've ever read of something like that occuring)

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VVK

I've read about herpes gladiatorum spreading throughout gym establishments. This would be from the padding that people rub on, I guess.. My gym has disinfectant wipes that are around for people to use.

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lost_and_notfound

I'd like to know this as well. Is it only skin to skin?

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velvetsteele41

According to the Mods (experts) over on the WebMD site, skin to skin contact seems to also require some friction to pass the virus (such as during intercourse). That would seem to imply that casual contact is not likely to transmit the virus. Take this with the disclaimer that I do not know yet if this is based on research or just clinical judgement at this point

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