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Semen and nipples

Dec 6, 1996

So what is the risk factor of someone ejaculating onto a woman's nipples? Is the nipple tissue considered a mucus membrane?

Response from Mr. Sowadsky

Hi. Thank you for your question.

If semen were to get on a woman's nipples, the only way the virus could infect the woman is if it had a direct access to the woman's bloodstream. Normally, this would not be a risk. However, if there were any "nipple play" prior to the man ejaculating on her, or if he were biting on her nipples, then there would be some risk. The more "nipple play" ahead of time, and/or the more biting ahead of time, the greater the potential for cuts and abrasions to occur on the nipples. If semen were to get into these cuts or abrasions, then there would be a risk of infection. But normally, without any type of "nipple play", the risk of infection, if semen got onto the nipples, would be low.

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