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Risk of HIV/STDs from a "hand job"
Aug 5, 1998

I am confused. Is it possible to acquire an STD (not just HIV) from a hand job given by a female with no open sores on her hand. Have read some things regarding human papillomovirus(sp?) and herpes that has me confused. Is there any STD that can be transmitted through manual contact like a hand job? Please help clarify.

Response from Mr. Sowadsky

Thank you for your question. Realistically speaking, getting a "hand job" (having someone masturbate you) is very low risk for HIV and other Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs). There would only be a significant risk of infection if someone had a discharge on their hands (for example the discharge from Gonorrhea) , or if they had serous fluid (for example the fluid from a herpes lesion) on their hands. There may also be some risk if someone had a significant amount of vaginal secretions or semen on their hands. But if a person did not have any of these fluids on their hands, then there would not be a risk of infection. Likewise, if a person had such a small amount of these fluids on their hands that you did not even notice anything, then there would also not be any significant risk of infection. Technically, almost anything is possible. But realistically, the chances of you getting HIV or another STD from getting a hand job, would be extremely low.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to call the Centers for Disease Control at 1.800.232.4636 (Nationwide).



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