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Hand Job & Std's

Jan 2, 2002

Hi Ryan, got 3 questions for you:

Can you get HIV if you receive an unprotected hand job?

I had a 12 weeks (neg.)elisa done and I wonder if that is conclusive for such an activity?

Is it possible to get other std's like herpes if you get an unprocted hand job, assuming the person has no visible sores or fluids on the hand?


you're doing a great job here.

Response from Mr. Kull

Sexually transmitted diseases are transmitted from one person to another in different ways, so it's sort of complicated to try to describe transmission of ALL STDs in one answer. If you have a concern about a particular STD--because you have symptoms or you know that you have been exposed to infection--I suggest that you talk with a medical professional and do some research about that particular STD. See "STD Basics" here at The Body (

A simplistic model for STD transmission describes transmission in two different ways: either through contact with FLUID or direct skin-to-skin CONTACT. Here's the breakdown:

STDs spread by FLUIDS:

Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, HIV, Urinary Tract Infections/ Nongonnococcal Urethritis, Hepatitis B (HBV), (Hepatitis is also found in saliva, so kissing is a risk), Syphilis Cytomegalovirus (CMV), Trichomoniasis (Trich)

STDs spread by CONTACT (skin-to-skin):

HPV/Genital Warts, Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV), Molluscum Contagiosum, Chancroid, Syphilis, Crabs/Pubic Lice, Scabies

Its possible, if your partner had infected fluid on his or her hand, that an STD could be transmitted to your genitals when your partner masturbated you. However, STDs are not likely to be transmitted through mutual masturbation, especially HIV. It is much more unlikely that STDs spread through skin-to-skin contact would be transmitted this way.

HIV testing is not necessary if your only activity was mutual masturbation. Regardless, 12 weeks is enough time to wait for accurate testing.


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