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The herpes virus is quite fragile. HSV does not survive outside the body for more than about 10 seconds, and although it can survive for slightly longer in warm, damp conditions, it dies very quickly once exposed to the air
Were you talking about the 10 seconds and damp conditions Grace or is this wrong?
It's been shown to be detected on surfaces up to almost 24 hours later in some studies. I'd be very uncomfortable saying it dies in 10 seconds to someone. As I've said many times before though - it also takes more than just coming in contact with the virus to transmit it. It takes some heat and friction too for it to happen. Good ole hot and steamy sex or a really lusty kiss are still the best ways to transmit it as adults. It's not something you are going to pick up from sheets, towels, toilet seats etc.
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