Can Herpes be Spread in a Swimming Pool?

Dear Dr. Tom:

Can herpes be spread in a swimming pool without direct contact?

Dr. Tom’s Response:

Dear Anonymous About Swimming Pools:

Spread of herpes in a swimming pool is most unlikely. If the pool is maintained as pools should be, proper chlorine level, filtration, etc., such a physical environment outside a human body is unfavorable for HSV and its fellow travelers.


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