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Really weird question - risky contact on public transport
I have a strange question.
A week ago today I was riding a public subway in a major metropolitan area. The subways are not sanitized unless someone uses a particular car as a bathroom.
A seat was vacated and I immediately took it. I was wearing a skirt sans nylons because I had ripped them pretty viciously and ditched them earlier in my commute. When I sat, I failed to smooth my skirt out behind me. My genital area touched the seat, which had been occupied for various people for the past several hours almost continuously.
I know herpes lives on surfaces for up to 8 hours. Could I have picked it up this way?
(I don't mean for this to sound at all offensive or like I am questioning your expertise!!!!) So there is no risk at all even though it was bare genitalia (ew, even I am grossed out by this!) touching a surface? :/
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