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According to the sources, the herpes simplex virus does not have a long lifespan outside the body.
10 seconds in a dry conditions, and slightly longer (up to a few hours) in warm, damp conditions.
I have a scenario for you. I wore shoes for the first time the other day that rubbed blisters on my feet. I used a safety pin to drain the blisters because they were so big. After doing so I remembered that I may have used that safety pin in the past to drain a blister on my lip caused by HSV 1. If it was actually used for this, it would have been a long time ago. Is there any risk of contaminating myself in another area other than my mouth with the HSV 1 virus by doing what I just explained to you?
Nearly every virus would not have been able to survive such a long time outside the body, and most would not survive a period of hours outside the body.
You are at practically zero risk from the scenario you described.
Under what circumstances would the outcome be different in that situation? I am somewhat of a germophobe and I am constantly worrying myself to death about things like this.
The time difference between popping the lesion in your mouth and then your foot. You would have had to do that within a matter of seconds for that to happen.
Practically zero risk means what?
It means zero.