Can I get Herpes from a Toilet Seat
Can you get herpes from a toilet seat? You know, I've been thinking lately about if I did "out" myself in my community, would the ignorance and stigma around herpes cause people in my community to fear using the toilet after me? I am guessing before I jump off the cliff and just out myself, that I need to be prepared for any questions and or rumors which might surface in light of my outing. I think it's utterly ridiculous for people to fear herpes. What they fear, like anything else is something which is "unknown" to them. In my ever so humble opinion, that's what they fear is their ignorance of it.
Herpes is a huge topic in the world of health, sex and love. I would love to find those folks who are looking for are looking for the drug and disease free companions. I challenge them to get tested too before they judge me or anyone else. I realize of course, that your average person isn't real ready to just say "sign me up". I want to have herpes too, unless they're simply a glutton for punishment and I'm simply using that as a figure of speech. For me, life goes on. It's simply an inconvenience and I truly believe that everything happens for a reason and getting herpes was my wake up call.
Anyway, bottom line is, NO you can not get herpes from a toilet seat. You get herpes through skin to skin contact. Now crabs on the other hand, yes. Those little buggers like to jump from toilet seats, but they are easy to get rid of, so they're just an annoyance. Crabs like to jump up vs. jump down and drown in the toilet, but hey, wouldn't you too ;-)
National Institute of Health
Myths and Misperceptions about Herpes by Famvir
Labels: Herpes Ignorance