You can pick up viruses from anybody’s skin, whether they know how to spin around a pole or not

Theoretically, yes, an extremely intimate lap dance can infect you with a sexually transmitted infection. Herpes and genital warts, for example, are transmitted through skin-to-skin contact, says dermatologist Dr Gregory Papadeas.

If a stripper’s private parts rub against your skin or you touch areas where a virus is present, infection is possible. Be on high alert for red or tan bumps, blisters or scabs on her skin – all are signs of possible sexually transmitted infections (and a sleazy strip club), Papadeas says. Be warned, however, that skin lesions caused by viruses aren’t always visible. Touch – or be touched – at your own risk.