Can my Niece get Herpes from the toilet seat?

Dear Dr. Tom:

My 17 yr. old niece has full blown herpes. I am wondering if it is possible that my 6 yr. old niece can get this by accidental transmission of urine from the toilet seat.


Dr. Tom’s Response:

Dear Concerned Aunt Donna:

Transmission of herpes from urine on a toilet seat is most unlikely. This is just not the way herpes is spread. Familial herpes transmission within the same household is recognized, however, and the 6 year old could become infected by any number of other means while living within the same family structure. Perhaps the little one’s mother might wish to discuss this possibility with the family pediatrician who could control precautions that would tend to help prevent cross spread.


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