Now she swears she got it from a tanning bed. You’re right, genital herpes isn’t classified as a sexually transmitted infection (STI, the new term for sexually transmitted disease, or STD) for nothing! The most likely way to get herpes is through direct skin-to-skin contact, which often happens during sexual contact and/or intercourse. Some studies have shown that the virus can live up to several hours under warm, moist conditions, such as those created by steam baths and hot tubs. The warm moist environment associated with tanning bed usage often provides prime conditions in which the HPV virus can thrive for longer periods of time on inanimate objects; normally the virus thrives on skin alone. In many cases, a person can be infected with the HPV virus and not present any lesions or noticeable symptoms, however, that does not mean the virus isn’t there or that it can’t be transmitted further. By simply using common sense and not relying on tanning salon operators to make sure the beds are cleansed properly; ask that you be permitted to clean your own bed before use. My friend told me she caught syphalis from a tanning bed is that true does anyone know????. Of course you can get an std in the tanning bed just because you have sex in one doesn’t mean the heat will kill off the germs.
Clinic Dermatologist’s Warning That Tanning Beds Spread Herpes And HPV. As if skin cancer wasn’t enough, women may have more reason to avoid fake tanning after dermatologist Dawn Marie Davis said you can catch diseases such as herpes and HPV from the beds. Did you know that you can actually contract herpes from a tanning bed? In an article by the LA Times, one doctor reported seeing an estimate of 5 patients that had contracted herpes simplex, a contagious viral skin rash which produces painful blisters, allegedly from tanning beds that have not been properly sterilizers in between guests. 5 Scary Ways You Didn’t Know You Could Get an STD.