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can the herpes stay alive on any surfice or object ?

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My question is how long can herpes simplex 1 and simplex 2 live outside the body? Say I touched the open sore either fom my mouth or my vagina and then touched a door knob or cup, wash cloth, long can the herpes stay alive on any surfice or object other than the body? Thank you.

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replied January 22nd, 2013
Herpes and Genital Warts Answer A41746
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The Herpes virus does not live for long time outside body. In damp or wet environment, it can stay alive for a few hours. In dry and warm conditions, it dies shortly after being outside the body fluid. As long as the virus (infected body fluid) does not come in contact with broken skin surface or mucous membrane, transmission chances are minimal. For further clarification and assistance, visit your doctor/healthcare provider.
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