Many people around the world are infected with herpes simplex virus but do not know it. This is because the virus stays low and inactive for the better part of its three-stage life cycle. After maturity and coming to the surface, HSV finds its way to the spinal code where nerves are in plenty. They stay inactive at the bottom of the spine as the last stage before multiplying and going the cycle again. The attack on the nerve cells does not have much to do with your immunity system or illness. This is the reason many people are ignorant of their infection, it doesn’t give you a reason to worry.
Herpes virus in the air
Outside the human body, HSV, the virus can live for very few minutes if not seconds. While it a highly contagious sexually transmitted virus that should be careful when handling body fluids and membrane, you are unlikely to get it from a toilet seat. The contagious nature of the disease is not questionable. The fact that it is transmitted through physical contact is a more reason to worry you. HSV-1 and HSV-2 attack nerve cells, and multiply by copying themselves before moving to the body surfaces. This is usually during the first outbreak when the herpes virus is strong but is still remains invisible apart from the cold sores and blisters.
How can you catch Herpes?
According to recent health statistics in the United States, 1 out of every 6 adults between 12 and 50 years, have HSV-1 or HSV-2. The virus is common among Americans and is increasingly spreading across all other parts of the world. Herpes is categorized as a sexually transmitted infection. It is caused by two viruses that determine the symptoms and parts affected by your body. The two viruses are HSV-1 and HSV-2.
The primary channel of transmission is mucous membranes. You are likely to contract the disease if you engage with an HSV virus positive individual in these regards. Mucous membranes are commonly found in the genital areas. While the sexual act and fluids shared may not carry the virus of herpes, coming into contact with an individual with herpes virus in these sensitive parts lead to automatic contraction of the disease. Apart from sex, which can also be oral, you can contract the virus through kissing. This is associated with HSV-1, which affects the mouth and lips. Besides, coming into contact with herpes virus when you have cuts and abrasions exposes you to infection.
The infection: hard to trace
It is important to acquaint yourself with the various symptoms associated with the two herpes simplex viruses hence keep your body safe. If you are used to sharing equipment and coming into contact with every other person, you might want to reconsider your lifestyle. While you should not live a paranoid life with every stranger and family members, your health is your responsibility.
The unique aspect about HSV is how it stays dormant for several years in a human body. In some cases, the first symptoms will only show a couple of years after you contracted herpes. In such a case, it might be difficult to trace the source and risks you might have exposed your body too. Apart from cold sores, which are mostly around the mouth, blisters that break and ooze also characterize the disease; the blisters are commonly around the genital areas associated with HSV-2.
Can you catch it from a toilet seat?
The toilet is a sensitive area that you should be careful and keep it clean. Whenever you visit the toilet, be sure to thoroughly wash your hands. The word thoroughly can’t be emphasized enough. The toilet seat is susceptible to all types of bacteria that can come up from the bowel. When you flush the toilet, the pressure that goes down the bowel also brings up bacteria hidden in corners of the toilet to the toilet seat where they can get to you. No matter how frequently you disinfect and wash your toilet basin, there is always something hiding. This should not be a reason to lessen your cleanliness levels. However, be sure not to find HSV on the toilet seat. It barely survives on surfaces outside the body.