Much misleading information has been spread on how you can't get herpes from inanimate objects such as towels, bath tubs, utensils, plastic seats, clothes, etc. But here are 3 studies I found that dispel these myths:
Someone else posted this publication recently. The gist of it is that herpes can survive for up to 4 hours on moist, inanimate objects like plastic-coated seats and toilet seats. This can be generalized to any moist, inanimate object such as towels, utensils, etc.
This paper is published in the journal known as BMC Infectious Diseases and mentions that viruses, such as CMV or HSV type 1 and 2, have been shown to persist on inanimate surfaces from only a few hours up to 7 days. CONCLUSION: These pathogens may well survive or persist on surfaces for hours/days/weeks and can thereby be a continuous source of transmission if no regular preventive surface disinfection is performed.
This paper mentions that, under conditions of low humidity and room temperature, adenovirus, poliovirus, and herpes simplex virus survived for at least 8 weeks !!
It's always a good idea to search for and read peer-reviewed reports of experimental studies to actually find out what the truth is. Don't listen to doctors, they just regurgitate old information, i.e. stuff that was current only when they were in medical school, but who knows what might have changed, and what new studies might have been done ?