[Question #5369] Possible herpes transmission

23 months ago
Dear doctor,

I went to see a sex worker, and she performed dry masturbation with her hand on me. I am worrying that she might have had herpes and an open herpes sore and that she might have touched her open sore just before touching my penis. Could herpes be transmitted this way? Thank you very much for your time and help.

Best regards,
AA
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
23 months ago
No, this is not a method of transmission.  None of the three of us have concerns about STD's being transmitted via masturbation.  it takes a certain significant volume of virus to infect another person and hand transmission just doesn't fit that at all.  I do not think that you need to worry about this at all.

Terri
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23 months ago
Thank you doctor. Just a last question, isn't there significant volume of virus in the liquid that comes out of the sores? She might have carried some of the liquid in her hand after touching the sore, or am I wrong? Thank you and sorry for insisting on getting the matter clear in my mind.

Best,
AA

Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
23 months ago
No, there would not be sufficient volume to infect your penis, even if she touched a sore and touched you, which I don't believe happened.  You don't even know that she has herpes, right?  If you read the posts by Drs. Handsfield and Hook, you will see that they both also believe that masturbation is NOT a method of transmission of an STD.  You can put your worries to rest.

Terri
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23 months ago
Thank you Ms. Warren for your answer. No I don't know that she has herpes, but I think escort girls are more likely to have herpes since they have sex with many different people hence the risk of her having herpes is high. 

Best regards,
AA
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
23 months ago
I think that might be true however many/most commercial sex workers use condoms with clients since HIV came on the scene in the 80's

Terri
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