|STD's and mutual masturbation
May 23, 2008
Hello Dr. Bob, It's with pleasure to have this opportunity to write you. I have read your column often in the past, and have learned a great deal from it. I am asking you this question, after completing the questionnaire on Thebody.com that assesses one's risk for contracting HIV. The Questionnaire states that mutual masturbation is considered a low-risk activity for acquiring HIV, but it can spead other STD's such as syphilis, herpes, genital/anal warts, lice and scabies. Two questions - wouldn't mutual masturbation be NO risk rather than low risk? If you were masturbating a man with HIV, unless he came on skin that was broken or on a skin sore, I would think that masturbation with an HIV man is a no risk activity.
Also, how can there be any transmission of an STD, where only masturbation occurs? Many thanks for your feedback, and keep up the great work. Sincerely, Lorne
| Response from Dr. Frascino
Thanks for your comment and questions. I think the confusion might be in the definition of mutual masturbation. If one defines it as two (or more) folks masturbating themselves at the same time ("mutually masturbating"), the STD/HIV risk would indeed be nonexistent. This is the situation at "Do It Yourself" clubs. If, however, you definite mutual masturbation as giving your buddy or gal pal a helping hand (so to speak), then there would be a potential risk for STDs that can be spread by skin-to-skin contact. For HIV transmission to occur in this type of mutual-masturbation scenario, I agree there would have to be extremely uncommon extenuating circumstances.
I hope that helps clarify the situation.
Be well. Stay well.
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