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I had sex with my boyfriend who had poison ivy on his penis/genitals.. will this hurt me internally? ..

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Dr. Arthur Balin
Dermatology 47 years experience
Poison ivy: It depends upon how recently he got poison ivy. After exposure the antigen becomes fixed to the skin. If a few days have gone by and the allergic reaction has developed the antigen can no longer come off the skin and spread. Your can't catch poison ivy from the rash.

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