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audreytoo
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What does it mean, specifically, that herpes and HPV can be spread through "skin to skin contact," even if condoms are used?

If a man's penis is only contacting my vagina through a barrier, and we do not have anal sex, how exactly does the virus travel? By our thighs touching? His scrotum near my vulva?

Could someone clarify please???

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Karybu
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Those two viruses don't only affect the penis and vagina, but the scrotum and vulva and the skin around those areas as well. So, while condoms help a lot (they reduce the risk of transmission for HPV and herpes by about 70%), they don't cover all the areas where the virus can be transmitted.

Does that make sense?

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