Can You Get Herpes By Masterbation


Asked by paul

Can You Get Herpes By Masterbation


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.

Answered by Jerry Kennard, Ph.D., CPsychol., AFBPsS