Medical Questions > Conditions and Diseases > Sexually Transmitted Diseases Forum

Herpes from swimming pool or sauna/steam room?

I would like to know if herpes can be spread through swimming pools or by being in a sauna/steam room? I sat down on my own towel and dried myself with it. Please advice. How about any other STDs?
Did you find this post helpful?

User Profile
replied December 13th, 2012
Hello, and thanks for your medical question on eHealth forum!

Herpes is a sexually transmitted disease and transmitted through kissing, vaginal, rectal and oral sex. It cannot be transmitted through swimming pool or via sitting on toilet seats etc. Hope this helps. Take care!

Did you find this post helpful?
Must Read
Chlamydia is the most common STD in the U.S. Learn how this potentially serious sexually transmitted disease is spread so you can protect yourself....
Learn more about the germ that causes this sexually transmitted infection (STI) and evaluate whether or not you are at high risk of getting chlamydia here....
Left untreated, chlamydia can cause serious complications such as infertility. Learn to identify signs and symptoms of chlamydia here to prevent illness....
DISCLAIMER: "Ask a Doctor" questions are answered by certified physicians and other medical professionals. For more information about experts participating in the "Ask a Doctor" Network, please visit our medical experts page. You may also visit our Sexually Transmitted Diseases , for moderated patient to patient support and information.

The information provided on eHealth Forum is designed to improve, not replace, the relationship between a patient and his/her own physician. Personal consultation(s) with a qualified medical professional is the proper means for diagnosing any medical condition.