I seriously doubt that herpes has reached epidemic proportions. Maybe that information is based on the fact that AIDS has made herpes a more pressing health issue. Herpesvirus infections are very common in AIDS patients.
The thumb lesion is interesting, Melanie. Herpes lesions almost always appear at the point of infection. A lot of herpes researchers inadvertantly prick their fingers with needles while working with the virus and get sores at the prick point.
And just to be safe, I’d say that it is unlikely to catch herpes from a toilet seat. For that to happen:
- The person before you must be actively shedding virus
- The sore would have to be on a part of their butt that contacts the toilet seat which would be very unusual, AFAIK.
- The seat would have to be wet, or at least moist.
- You’d have to sit on the wet, herpetic toilet seat pretty soon after the other person left. It’s a fragile virus. More so than flu.
So if you orchestrate the above scenario, you might catch herpes that way, but I wouldn’t worry about it in general.
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