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mutual masturbation-how carefull should we really be?
Oct 17, 2001

Dear Mr. Kull,

many questions have been answered about mutual masturbation and how safe it is. But in real life mutual masturbation involves body contacts, genital contacts (rubbing penis against penis), cumming on partners skin, exchanging hands, precum on hands,skin etc. Basically when you say that mutual masturbation is pretty safe does this pertain only to a "sterile" form of mut. masturbation where one person masturbates the other (no exchaning hand no cumming on partners skin) or does it also include exchanging hands, body rubbing, genital contact ( not penetration ), cumming on unbroken skin ?

Hopefully this question will be of interest to others and therefor posted on the web

Response from Mr. Kull

Your question addresses an important point that often comes up in this forum: what you call your behavior is not as important as what ACTUALLY HAPPENS. Risk behavior categories are very useful, but limited, because they can not always predict or explain every possible situation. Risk behavior categories presume a usual and expected set of conditions. For mutual masturbation, the presumption is that minimal to no sexual fluids will come into contact with either persons' mucous membranes or bloodstream. This is why there is no evidence of transmission occuring during mutual masturbation. Clearly your risk will be different if your partner bleeds all over your genitals while engaging in mutual masturbation (in this case, the risk category/behavior might be better identified as contact with blood, which poses a much greater risk).

It is important to be conscious, but not obsessed, about coming into contact with your partner's genitals and sexual fluids. Sexual transmission of HIV is only known to occur during vaginal, anal, and, to a much lesser degree, oral sex.

RMK



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