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A 20-year-old male asked:

If i touch my own genital, then touch a door without washing my hands. someone touches that door. does that put them at risk of stds?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Asked & answered: The only germs that sit randomly on your genitals would be the same common to most of your skin. If you had oozing sores it may have others but the primary source of STD germs reside in the material secreted from your insides. Many die soon after reaching outside air, some require the mechanical action of sex to transfer. Ask all you want, answer stays the same.

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Last updated Jan 11, 2021

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