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Forum Name: Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Question: HSV 1 and Musical Instruments


 billyshears - Sun Nov 08, 2009 3:31 am

I have HSV 1 and 2. I play a woodwind instrument, should I throw the (wood) reeds away after one use, or is there a way to sanitize them? There are also plastic reeds available, but I think that they too, can harbor HSV. I am concerned about causing flare-ups of HSV 1.
 Dr.M.jagesh kamath - Mon Nov 09, 2009 11:31 am

User avatar Hello,Many people when they reach adulthood would have developed antibodies to HSV1. you would not transmit to those already infected.The phase when the viral shedding is maximum is when there is an active cold sore.It would be prudent there fore to be most careful during flare ups.It would be practical there to limit usage to your self, the wind instruments.Ok?

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