I'm still pretty confused about the definition of "skin to skin" contact.
How brief or prolonged must contact be for transmission? Is it possible to contract herpes via skin contact that is NOT intercourse? for example, genitals touching multiple times during mutual masturbation, can it be passed this way?
I read that the transmission rate for a single exposure from a herpes infected partner is only 1 in 1000 (0.1%), is this true? how does a virus with such a low transmission rate become such a common STD, it doesn't make sense.. confusing
in summary, how likely is transmission from a herpes infected partner via mutual masturbation if there is also genital contact?