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can you get herpes on your botXXXXX XXXXXp from using rental scuba

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can you get herpes on your botXXXXX XXXXXp from using rental scuba regulator?
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Family Physician replied 8 years ago.
The simple answer is YES. In fact there is a paper published in 1997 on this exact issue:
Primary Herpes Labialis Acquired during Scuba Diving Course.

This article looked at the survival of the herpes virus in water and on plastic surfaces
Survival of herpes simplex virus in water specimens collected from hot tubs in spa facilities and on plastic surfaces
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
actually I did drink out of someones glass by mistake about 3 weeks ago. could I catch herpes on my lip from that?
Expert:  Family Physician replied 8 years ago.
YES, the same principles would apply. You can contact herpes simplex virus (HSV) the virus that cause cold sore in this fashion.
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