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Autoinoculation and Herpes

Autoinoculation means to self spread herpes.

Spreading your herpes virus to another part of your body is possible if you are going through a true primary outbreak. Keep in mind that having a true primary outbreak means that you just contract herpes for the very first time and you are experiencing your first outbreak.

I have always understood autoinoculation as something that happens before your immune system has had a chance to understand what is supposed to happen in order to deal with the herpes virus. Herpes antibodies have not developed yet and so this would make it possible to pass herpes to other body parts. That's what people are talking about when they mention autoinoculation. Autoinoculation is the big medical term that means to "self spread" something to another part of your body.

Once you've had herpes for a little while and your body has had a chance to develop antibodies then self spreading your herpes to another body part is highly unlikely. Why? Because at that point  your body has begun to understand how it's going to deal with this virus. That's what the antibodies are for. At least that is how I've always understood it when it was explained to me by healthcare professionals.

When I was diagnosed with genital herpes the first family doctor I had my follow-up with told me to make sure that I always wash my hands after going to the bathroom, etc. and not to touch my eyes and that sort of thing. If you stop and think about it, these are normal hygiene rituals that we are supposed to do anyway, right? I always remember to wash my hands after going to the bathroom. My husband and I wash our hands after sex because we just think that it's a good habit to have. The less you touch your face or your eyes even if you don't have herpes the less likely you are to get colds and things like that. I have also heard over the years that during the flu season it's always a good idea to wash your hands regularly.

When it comes to good hygiene there is no reason to over do it. Some people are so paranoid that they scrub their hands down to the bone. That is just completely and totally NOT necessary. You are not some sort of walking, talking, contagious disease - I promise! Herpes simplex virus is extremely manageable and once you get through that first true primary outbreak the severity will decrease over time and so will the frequency of the outbreaks if you are one that tends to get them on a regular basis.

If you know something more about autoinoculation that I don't know about please write and let me know, ok? I will be more than happy to add your comments to this page so we can make sure folks understand how self spreading the herpes virus really works. And remember you guys, you can't contract herpes from objects. The situation would have to be extremely well put together in order for that to happen. Ok, so don't be shy .. write and let me know what you think!?

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