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Q: can you get herpes by masterbation

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Jerry Kennard, Health Pro
6/ 5/08 9:22am

Hi Paul,

If by masterbation you are referring to self stimulation, then the answer is no.

Herpes is a viral infection that is transmitted by direct contact with an infected person. Mutual masterbation with an infected person is a different story and this would clearly increase the risk of infection. Use this link to read a nice introduction about how the virus is transmitted.


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