Possibly you hae asked "Can I get herpes from toilet seats?" or you've heard someone ask "Can You Get Herpes from a toilet?" On this page we'll discuss some of the facts related to this, so you can have a clear answer.
Fact: There are No Documented Cases of Someone Getting Herpes From A Toilet Seat
Scientists are pretty skeptical that either Type-1 (Oral Herpes) or Type-2 (Genital Herpes) can be spread via a toilet seat. Herpes is spread via direct (physical toucing) contact with an infected area. The virus does not live very long outside of the body according to the Mayo Clnic. However, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists have stated that the virus could live up to 3 hours outside of the body.
It is pretty unlikely that you could contract herpes from a toilet seat. However, it is theoretically possible. If someone had some sort of liquid discharge that remained on a toilet seat, and you went in there and sat directly on it, and through your own touching or whatever transferred this liquid to one of your bodies openings (anus, genitals, eyes, mouth) then you could conceivably contract herpes in this manner.
The above scenario is highly unlikely. Generally if you sit on a visibly clean toilet seat or place some sort of seat protector on the toilet seat, then you have virtually no chance of contracting herpes from even the foulest of public toilet seats.
In conclusion, if you think you have contracted herpes from a toilet seat - you are almost surely wrong.
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