Contrary to a rampant rumor on the Internet this past week, there is no direct link between contracting herpes and playing beer pong. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says so, and so does logic. Inside Higher Ed says it best:
It's a little hard to imagine the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (the alleged source of the research findings) recommending alternative drinking games to college students or offering advice on how to practice "safe beer pong." And we have a hard time imagining Michael Crow, Arizona State's president, passing out germ-free, new red cups to allow his students to play beer pong without worrying about herpes, as he is described as doing in the article.