[Question #5055] Mutual Masturbation HSV2

23 months ago
Hi Dr,

Thank you for providing great information on this forum.   I understand that this question has been asked before, however, I am still very worried about a recent interaction.   About 4 weeks ago I engaged in mutual masturbation with a female who has been diagnosed with HSV2.  I believe she used the same hand on herself as my genitals.  I had believed this was safe sex but I have read much conflicting information online, including Planned Parenthood.   About 4 days after, I started developing swollen lymph nodes underneath my armpits.  This lasted for about a day or two and went away.  I have no had any other symptoms, sores, muscle aches, fever etc.   However, I am still extremely worried about the chance of being injected due to the lymph node swelling.   She was fully clothed the entire time so there was no genital to genital contact, it was only a hand.   Thank you. 
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
23 months ago
Mutual masturbation is not a method of transmission of HSV 2.  And if you got HSV 2 genital infection, you would not experience swelling of the lymph nodes under your arms.  I hope that this helps you put this behind you.  It takes a certain volume of virus to contract herpes, not just some.  And there is not way that her masturbating you with a hand that had touched herself would transmit virus to you.

Terri
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23 months ago
Thank you.  I normally would not have been worried.  However, I did see an article online that says sometimes the only symptom could be swollen lymph nodes underneath the armpits.   And since this happened about 4 days after it made me quite concerned.  There seems to be a lot of misinformation online.  But as you say the risk is pretty much non-existent?
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
23 months ago
Yes, I would say there is no risk here.  And for a person to contract genital herpes, they would get swelling in the groin lymph nodes, not under the arms.  There IS a lot of misinformation on the internet, you are correct.  I'm glad you found us for correct information

Terri
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23 months ago
Thank you.  I trust your original opinion, but I recently read a thread on here that says it is possible to transmit via a baby wipe if it was used quickly afterwards.  Would this be a similar thing with the hand if it had touched an infected area?
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
23 months ago
Possible?  Honestly, anything is possible - I am not one to say anything is impossible.  A wet wipe used by one person with a lesion used immediately on the genitals of another person - maybe 1 in one million chance?  A hand - no.  Very different.

Terri
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