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is it possible to contract herpes from using someone elses shaver to shave your pubic area if the are having and outbreak or not?

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There are no documented cases of a person getting genital herpes from an inanimate object such as a toilet seat, bathtub, towel, or razor. Herpes is a very fragile virus and does not live long on surfaces. The virus is transmitted through direct skin-to-skin contact. This occurs when a contagious area comes into contact with a mucous membrane, primarily the mouth and genitals. If a person with oral herpes (i.e. cold sores) performs oral sex, it is possible for the partner to get herpes on their genital area. Additionally, if a person with genital herpes has sex, it is possible for his or her partner to get genital herpes. Remember, herpes can be transmitted when there are NO symptoms present. Condoms can offer some protection if the affected area is covered by the condom; but if herpes occurs outside of the area covered by a condom, then condoms do not offer protection to that area. If you are concerned that you have contracted herpes, it is important to be tested by a clinician to ... more
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There are no documented cases of a person getting genital herpes from an inanimate object such as a toilet seat, bathtub, towel, or razor. Herpes is a very fragile virus and does not live long on surfaces. The virus is transmitted through direct skin-to-skin contact. This occurs when a contagious area comes into contact with a mucous membrane, primarily the mouth and genitals. If a person with oral herpes (i.e. cold sores) performs oral sex, it is possible for the partner to get herpes on their genital area. Additionally, if a person with genital herpes has sex, it is possible for his or her partner to get genital herpes. Remember, herpes can be transmitted when there are NO symptoms present. Condoms can offer some protection if the affected area is covered by the condom; but if herpes occurs outside of the area covered by a condom, then condoms do not offer protection to that area. If you are concerned that you have contracted herpes, it is important to be tested by a clinician to ... more

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