May 3, 2022 at 11:09 am #77299WilhelminaraysParticipant
I really appreciate that you have dedicated such a big part of your career to this topic. I have developed severe health anxiety since I got pregnant with my first child 2018 with the main concern being oral herpes, cold sores. I have never noticed an ob on myself, but I still haven’t kissed my youngest baby as I’m scared of asymptomatic shedding and that I would infect her
3 days ago I went out for some drinks with friends and a friend of a friend took a sip from my can of beer. Usually I would not do this, but I was drunk and thought f it, and I took a sip a few moments later. He did not have any visible sores at the time, but later I saw a 2 year old photo of him where he could possibly have a sore on his lip line. I know you see it as highly unlikely to transmit via sharing of cups (cans) but multiple sources online claims that this is a way of transmission.
Do you know why this is such a widespread claim across websites?
And could you please explain the scientific reasons to why the likelihood of transmission via cups and cans is extremely low?
Please help, I need all the facts and logics as Im devastated that I might pass this on to my daughters. Am I really not at risk to catch oral herpes from this situation?
I have had cbt for my fears and I’m waiting for further treatment for my anxiety
May 18, 2022 at 8:21 am #77432WilhelminaraysParticipant
Hey gentle reminder as I haven’t had a response for 2 weeks
I want to add a follow up question as well
Today my daughter went on a carousel ride. The staff member controlling the ride had an obvious cold sore. He touched her hand to scan her wristband. On the carousel she put her fingers in her mouth. Let’s say that he had just touched his cold sore, touched my daughters hand and she put her fingers in her mouth a minute later – would there be a risk of transmission in this scenario?
May 25, 2022 at 8:16 am #77501Terri WarrenKeymaster
We believe it is extremely unlikely that cold sores are spread they inanimate objects as the virus needs human cells to live and inanimate objects just don’t provide that. In addition, it doesn’t just take a few little virus cells to infect someone – it takes a substantial amount of virus and the volume required is normally lost in the transmission from mouth to can to another person, for example. I don’t know why some websites suggest this as a normal method of transmission.
The experience with the carousel is definitely not a method of transmission – same principles apply here. Also, I doubt that she put her whole hand in her mouth. This is just not a rationale worry.
So do you have oral herpes? Have you ever had a test to determine this one way or another?
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