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Can I Get an STD from a Hand Job?


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Question: Can I Get an STD from a Hand Job?
Hand jobs are also know as mutual masturbation or manual stimulation. They refer to sexually touching someone's penis or vulva by hand. This is generally considered a safer sex practice.

Hand job's are usually considered one of the least risky forms of sex play. But in rare cases, it could be possible to transmit an infection through manual stimulation. This could happen if you touched your own genitals and then touched your partner's genitals.

To be extra safe, some guys choose to wear a condom when getting a hand job. Both guys and girls may use latex gloves when touching a partner's, penis or vulva.

Keep in mind, it is possible to make most sex acts, including oral, vaginal and anal sex, a lot safer by using a barrier like a latex or polyurethane condom or a dental dam.

If you think you might have put yourself at risk for an STD, it is really important to get tested and if needed, treated as soon as possible. If you decide to visit a clinic, you'll need to find one in your area. City and state Departments of Health often offer free or low cost HIV and STD testing. You can look in the phone book, or online, for "teen clinics," "health clinics," or "HIV testing sites."

You can also find a place that does testing in your area by entering your zip code at the CDC's National HIV and STD Testing Resources website.

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