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Mutual masturbation

Mar 29, 2002

Is mutual masturbation safe? In particular, if a women masturbates herself and then masturbate her male partner, is ther any chance of HIV transmission?

Thanks for your very informative forum.

Response from Mr. Kull

There is no evidence that HIV is transmitted through mutual masturbation, and it is unlikley that other STDs will be transmitted through the same activity. If your partner's semen or vaginal secretions do not come into contact with you mucous membranes, or you do not come into contact with any STD related sores/lesions, then you should not be at any risk for STDS (including HIV).

In some of my responses about mutual masturbation, I recommend that people avoid using another person's fluids (semen, vaginal secretions, or fluids containing blood) for masturbation (saliva is not included in this list because it is not implicated in transmission). It is generally wise to avoid mucous membrane contact with potentially infected fluids because transmission of HIV could happen, even if it is unlikely. Some STDs are easier to transmit than HIV, so being aware of any STDs that are present in your partner can inform your sexual behavior. Gonorrhea, chlamydia, hepatitis B, and syphilis are ones to be on the lookout for, because they can be transmitted through contact with infected semen or vaginal secretions.

Use water or oil-based lubricants for masturbation; some are available in pocket sized packets or tubes in case you're out on the town. If no lube is available, use spit (saliva) instead of the semen or vaginal fluids of a person whose status is unknown or positive.


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