Hello Dr. Bob, It's with pleasure to have this opportunity to write you. I have read your column often in the past, and have learned a great deal from it. I am asking you this question, after completing the questionnaire on Thebody. Two questions - wouldn't mutual masturbation be NO risk rather than low risk?
Can I get an STD from mutual masturbation with my partner?
Safer Sex Advice | British Association for Sexual Health and HIV
Sexually transmitted diseases also called STDs, or STIs for sexually transmitted infections are infections that can be transferred from one person to another through sexual contact. Everyone, young or old, rich or poor, sexually active or not, needs to know a few important facts about sexually transmitted diseases. Sexually Transmitted Diseases are infections that are passed from person to person through sexual contact, including:. Sexually transmitted diseases are caused by different infectious microorganisms including bacteria, viruses and parasites, which are transmitted through semen, vaginal fluid, blood or other body fluids during sexual activity. If you get an STD once, you can get it again.
Masturbation and STDs are two topics that people are often reluctant to discuss. That's true individually, but it's even truer when you put the topics together. People are often concerned about whether or not it's safe to masturbate while undergoing STD treatment, and, more often, whether it is possible to get an STD from masturbation. However, there's one thing that everyone should be clear on: If you don't have an STD, you can't get one from masturbating.
You can make sex safer by doing some of the things suggested in this guide - for instance, just for some types of sex or with some sexual partners - even if you don't do all of them all of the time. Safer sex means having sex with less risk of transmission catching or passing on a sexually transmitted infection STI. The risk of catching each infection is different, and also varies according to the type of sex you are having such as oral, vaginal or anal sex.