For the most part, herpes doesn’t live for very long off of the body or on inanimate objects. When it comes to sex toys, you do want to practice good hygiene though. As Good Vibrations sexologist and author Carol Queen, PhD, discussed in this article on the One Medical blog, toys made of silicone, Lucite, glass, and metal are the easiest to clean, and mild soap and warm water will usually do the job.
But it's a good idea to wash any sex toys being shared before applying them to another person. That's just good basic hygiene, whether somebody has herpes or not. So go ahead and use the same vibrator, but give it a little rinse with a mild soap first. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for cleaning - silicone toys require a little more ...
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The only time a sex toy should be a concern for STI transmission should be when an infected partner has just finished using it and you immediately insert the toy into your anus. So basically, unless someone was using it immediately before you and you took it from them and immediately used it on yourself, don't be worried.
If you use your sex toy with a partner who has herpes or HPV and then touch it to your own body without washing, the risk of contracting these viruses is low—but it exists.
“Cleaning the sex toy has the potential to decrease the amount of HPV DNA we can detect and so can potentially decrease the risk of transmission.” Genital HPV is the most common sexually ...
Herpes simplex 2 (HSV2) is genital herpes and causes herpes sores below the waist. The virus is transmitted by exposure to the herpes blister or bodily fluids of an infected individual. HSV2 can be contracted through oral, anal and vaginal sex, and HSV1 can be transmitted through kissing or any contact with a herpes sore.