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Can You Get an STD From a Handjob?

August 15, 2016

No, there is no risk whatsoever in masturbating on your own. Sexually transmitted diseases are only passed from an infected person, directly to another person. So no matter what you do by yourself, you are safe from HIV and other STD's.

There may be a low, theoretical risk associated with mutual masturbation with another person if that person has an infection. If a hand has direct contact with semen, vaginal fluids, discharge or a genital lesion of a person who has an infection, and then the hand has contact with the urethral opening of your penis, an infection could possibly be passed on. It's also theoretically possible that a cut on your hand could provide an opening to infected semen.

But this is pretty unlikely. Masturbation is something best enjoyed rather than worried about.

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In addition, our Q&A experts sometimes address questions about masturbation in our "Ask the Experts" forums. Here are some of those questions and our experts' responses:

  • Infections as a result of masturbation?
    From a young age, I have been engaging in masturbation and sometimes with another male. Now I am still engaging the act but the second party is not there. Is there a possibility that I would get viral infections as a result of the sexual act?
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    Will a person get HIV or STDs if he masturbates and wipes his penis on dirty clothes?


  
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