All of the experts say people can get HSV from touching surfaces that have HSV on them. However, there is disagreement on how long HSV remains on surfaces before it dies. Some say HSV dies quickly on surfaces, but at least one expert says it remains alive for at least a number of hours. In the 1990s a doctor did a study. She put herpes simplex virus on a toilet seat and once an hour checked to see if it was still alive. Each time she checked, the virus was still alive. After so many hours, she stopped checking. I read about this study shortly after it was done. That was so many years ago that I don't recall how many hours HSV was still alive on the toilet seat. If a person has HSV particles on their lips and he or she kisses you anywhere on your body, then you can get HSV. People can get HSV anywhere on their body. Some people have even gotten HSV in their lungs, eyes, mouth, brain, and/or colon. Studies have shown HSV has an affect on the blood vessels.