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10 Common Fears About HIV Transmission

August 22, 2017



6. Masturbation

It seems that having been told so many times by parents, priests or middle school teachers that masturbation is wrong, some people's logical reasoning disappears when thinking about it as an adult. People worry that they've been pleasuring themselves so much that somehow they could be at risk of HIV or another sexually transmitted infection.

Trouble is, you cannot give yourself an infection you don't already have. Remember the "transmitted" in "sexually transmitted infection." You can't transmit something you don't have, especially not to yourself.

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