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Gay Mutual Masturbation
May 16, 1996

If my boyfriend likes to hold our cocks together with one hand and stroke them at the same time, is this risky (assuming that there is no unbroken skin)? Assuming that none of his cum really gets pushed down the hole, there shouldn't be a problem, right? Of course we're careful and are HIV negative... Thanks.

Response from Mr. Sowadsky

As far as HIV is concerned, this would be low risk. In order for infection with HIV to occur, 3 criteria must be met:

You must be exposed to pre-cum, semen, vaginal secretions, blood, or breastmilk. The virus must get directly into your bloodstream through some fresh cut, open sore, abrasion etc. Transmission must go directly from 1 person to the other very quickly.....the virus does not survive more than a few minutes outside the body.

As far as your circumstances are concerned, it would be highly unlikely that you would get HIV. However, you could be at high risk for other Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD's). Activities that are low risk for HIV can be high risk for other STD's. For example, if he had genital warts, herpes, or syphilis, you would be at high risk of infection. With these STD's, physical contact with a growth/lesion can lead to transmission. So although your activity with him was low risk for HIV, you could have exposed yourself to other diseases. Infections like genital warts and herpes are caused by viruses, and are therefore incurable and lifelong. Infections like syphilis,are potentially fatal if left untreated. So thinking about other STD's is just as important as thinking about HIV.



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