[Question #5893] Gonorrhea and Chlamydia Environmental

19 months ago
Hello, if you could close my other thread that would be fantastic! I have one more question I’m hoping will help others . I was at a massage parlor and used a new paper towel to clean my genitals. If this paper towel or possibly something I touched in the environment contained particles or past secretions from other customers (which could’ve at least been there for five minutes as I talked to the masseuse before we started), could I get gonorrhea or chlamydia this way? Thanks Doctor, I just need one answer then you can close all of my threads including this one! 
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
19 months ago
This could have been a final follow-up comment/question in your previous thread, without needing to pay a new posting fee.

No, you cannot get gonorrhea by such indirect contact. Without a penis inside another person's vagina, rectum, or mouth, there is no risk for either gonorrhea or chlamydia. Don't worry about it.

Repeated questions on the same topic are against forum policy. It doesn't count as a different topic just by asking about a different STD. The issue in all your quesitons is concern about STDs from obviously risk-free exposures. This being your third along these lines, it will have to be your last. This policy is intended to reduce the temptation to ask questions with obvious answers, and because repeated answers to anxiety related concerns often simply prolong anxiety rather than relieving it (there's often a "yes but" or "could I be the exception" sort of thinking). Finally, such questions have little value for other users, one of the forum's main goals. (I'm glad you hope your question will help other users. But this is the several hundredth on the forum asking about non sexual STD transmission.) Thanks for your understanding of the policy.

HHH, MD
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