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Two weeks ago, I had what I thought was a UTI but turned out later to be herpes. In the meantime, I had taken a bath with my five month old son (we were out of town and I didn't have his baby bathtub). I was wearing a swimsuit, but I am still terrified that the virus could get to him through the water. His doctor said this was highly unlikely, but I am still terrified. Does anyone know if this could happen? Also, I wash my hands frequently, but I am also wondering if it could spread to him if I didn't wash them as thoroughly as recommended (e.g., 20 seconds of scrubbing) after the bathroom. Help please!!!
The herpes virus doesn't "swim" thru water. You had on a swimsuit - your son wasn't at risk.
You also don't have to worry about washing your hands frequently - just wash them as usual with soap and water after using the toilet or touching your genitals without clothing - what we all do normally ( I hope! ).
You don't have to worry about transmitting herpes to family members thru casual, routine day to day contact.
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