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Can sharing of toilet and foods spread herpes infection?

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Hi doctor, Unfortunately, my daughter has got herpes infection and she is now suffering from genital herpes. Is there anything wrong in behaving as normal with her? I mean, Is there any problem in sharing her toilet or drinking and eating after her? I am 36 years old and cannot risk an infection of genital herpes. What are the possibilities of getting infected with the virus? Please answer as soon as possible. Thanks for your time.

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Thanks for your question and concern. As you may know, genital herpes is an infection caused by virus and specifically Herpes Simplex Virus. There are chances to get infected with the virus from an infected person through skin to skin contact. The primary reason of getting infected is through sexual intercourse with infected people. But sharing of toilet also can be risky. It depends on the state of infection in her. Is she is having an outbreak of the infection and is having blisters, it is necessary to clean toilet seat thoroughly before using it, after her use. Also educate her to be hygienic and wash her hands after using toilet. Avoid using her towels. Anyway, drinking and eating along with her potentially will not make any difference. Just avoid direct contact with sores and blisters that she may have. After the outbreak ends, you can behave more closer but keep hygienic practices as before. Anyway there is no way to treat herpes so that the virus will be entirely eradicated. So, keep yourself out of direct skin to skin contact with infected one. Hope my answer helps. Take care.

Dr. Steve Merris
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Medical School - New York University
Internship in Internal Medicine - Beth Israel Medical Center
Residency in Internal Medicine - Beth Israel Medical Center
Fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine - Columbia University Medical Center
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