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I have asked this question before... but stressed about this

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I have asked this question before... but I am REALLY stressed about this issue. I have HSV-2, genital. I got semen on my seat belt in my car... cleaned it with Lysol... and haven't driven it in a month and a half. I have been extremely stressed about using this vehicle again, to the point I take meds for it. Is there anyway possible for this disease, Herpes, to still be a threat to anyone after this timeframe? There's so much unknown with this disease it's very frustrating and scary to me. If it's completely no risk... then maybe I need some other type of help. I really need to find peace with this. Thanks.
911DOC :

No. No risk of transmission of the virus from the semen on the seatbelt. None.

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The virus is not transmitted by semen, it's transmitted by skin to skin contact.

911DOC :

Besides that, it can only 'live' outside the body for a very short period of time.

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and is easily killed by air, sunlight, and Lysol.

911DOC :

you can stop worrying about this.

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standing by

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are you there?

Customer:

I am here...

Customer:

This thing is killing me... and everyone around me. I can't seem to let the thought go of infecting others cause of this.

911DOC :

then you are correct. you Need to speak to someone in the mental health field.

911DOC :

this is not a medical problem

911DOC :

this is a thought problem

Customer:

My head tells me 6 weeks of leaving the vehicle alone is totally fine. And I did spray down with Lysol too.

911DOC :

I have already told you the scientific/medical answer

Customer:

I don't believe that any virus could survive six weeks... but my anxiety does.

911DOC :

there is no chance. ZERO chance of this being an issue for anyone.

911DOC :

are you there?

911DOC :

it is merely an issue in your mind.

Customer:

I am... thinking. I know you're right. I know the virus is weak and doesn't live long outside the body. My mind and anxiety is doing a number on me I suppose.

911DOC :

yes, your mind and anxiety are definitely doing a number on you.

Customer:

I can live with zero chance... I just need to find comfort in the logic of it.

911DOC :

now that you have recognized that, it's time to speak with someone about it

911DOC :

someone who can address this irrational fear.

911DOC :

yes, I agree with your last statement.

911DOC :

it seems, though, that you know this already, so there is some part of your brain that logic is not reaching.... this part is a psychiatric issue.

Customer:

I know... the part that paralyzes me with fear.

911DOC :

yes

Customer:

Doc, you're telling me there's zero risk... no way the virus, if it was even there, could last 6 weeks in my car. I and my family can resume life without any risk from this?

911DOC :

do you have any final questions for me tonight?

911DOC :

ero

911DOC :

zero

911DOC :

yes, you and your family can resume life without any risk from the seat belt.

911DOC :

or the car.

911DOC :

anything else about this for me tonight?

Customer:

NO, except thank you for your time.

911DOC :

Thank you so much for your question. It was a pleasure talking with you. If this answer has been helpful to you please consider leaving positive feedback. Should you require my assistance in the future simply start your question with ‘for 911doc’, and I am usually on the site most days.


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