Thank you for your question about the spread of STDs and I encourage you to discuss your concern with your doctor
. Herpes simplex can appear in two forms, genital and oral. Genital herpes is an STD
usually caused by herpes simplex virus 2 (HSV-2). It can also be due to HSV-1, the cause of oral herpes (cold sores on the mouth and lips). Oral herpes can easily be spread from person to person through contact with active cold sores on the mouth. This includes sharing utensils, cigarettes, lip balm, towels, kissing, or any other close contact with cold sores. Genital herpes can be transmitted between partners during vaginal, oral, or anal sex. It is even possible to contract genital herpes from a person who has an infected cold sores on the lip during oral sex. However, there is no risk of genital herpes spread through environmental surfaces such as toilet seats, bed sheets, clothing, etc. This also applies to the transmission of HPV through clothing. If you are worried that someone you know has an active STD, it is very important that he or she seek medical attention. Please speak with your doctor about any further concerns you may have related to STDs and its transmission.