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To Rub It In, As It Were

Apr 25, 2001

Ryan, I'm freaking out over a sexual encounter that seemed "safe." We kissed, held each other and, while nude, rubbed our bodies together. He did not ejaculated, but had lots of pre-cum. I later masturbated. Was this risky? I don't know if this actually happened, but could some of his pre-cum gotten into my urethra? Please answer, I'm a wreck with worry.

Response from Mr. Kull

Mutual masturbation is not considered to be an activity that is likely to transmit HIV infection. There are no documented cases (CDC) of HIV infection occuring through mutual masturbation or grinding/rubbing. It is possible that infection could occur if HIV infected pre-cum came into contact with your urethra, but the odds of infection happening in this one instance are very low.

Please read through my response to "Myths about mutual masturbation" ( for more info. I'd also like to suggest that you examine your feelings about this sexual encounter to see if there are other aspects besdies HIV that are making you anxious. RMK

How Risky is protected sex for a serodiscordant couple?
Unprotected vaginal sex with spermicide = less risk?

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