Can you get herpes from using toothpaste?

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I had a friend spend the night, she use my toothpaste and she had oral herpes. she used her own toothbrush. I have seen on the internet it can't be transmitted through toothpaste. But, I wanted to confirm with professional on here us that was true.

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    The herpes simplex virus (HSV), which causes cold sores, does not survive outside the body for a long period of time. As such, it is unlikely that you would contract the virus from an object such as a toothpaste tube.

    However, sharing personal items that come into direct contact with the mouth, such as a toothbrush, can potentially transmit the virus, especially if the person has an active outbreak. It's also possible, though less likely, to spread the virus by sharing items like lip balm or a drinking glass.

    While it is generally considered less likely that you would contract HSV from shared toothpaste, it's still a good idea to avoid sharing personal items that come into contact with the mouth, particularly with someone who has an active cold sore, to reduce the risk of transmission.

    Remember, HSV is most commonly spread through direct, person-to-person contact, particularly when a person is experiencing an active outbreak. It's always a good idea to avoid close personal contact, such as kissing, with someone who has a visible cold sore.

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