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Can I catch a skin desease from someone by touching my skin against their body? Are there certain kinds of skin conditions that are catchy just by skin contact?


Yes, there are a number of different skin conditions that can be passed between people by skin to skin contact. The ones most commonly passed through sexual contact are warts, herpes, and molluscum.

It is also possible to pass these viruses through other skin to skin contact. For example, herpes can passed between athletes, such as wrestlers, who have a lot of skin to skin contact.

Condoms and barriers do not cover all skin areas, but they do provide some protection.

Please leave a comment to let us know if that answers your question or if you need more information.

Health Nurse

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This answer was posted on December 3, 2012

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