STDs are typically transmitted during intercourse, whether it’s vaginal, anal, or oral sex. But is it possible to get an STD from touching and other types of intimate contact? Keep reading to find out.
Yes. Although a study published in The Lancet masturbates and then masturbates you without washing their hands, or if you touch yourself after masturbating them.
You can also get HPV through intimate skin-to-skin contact, even without penetration.
Yes. According to Planned Parenthood, but in order to make handjobs safe, you should avoid any type of intimate contact when you or your partner have active lesions.
You should always use a condom if you have been diagnosed with herpes, even if you’re not having an outbreak.
Although very unlikely, it’s not impossible to get syphilis from giving a handjob. Transmission can occur if you touch an infected partner's sores or genital fluids, and then touch your own genitals, mouth, or eyes. You could also get infected if you have skin wounds on the hand you’re using to masturbate an infected partner — even if the lesions are small and hard to notice.
Similarly to syphilis, you can get chlamydia if you touch your partner’s genitals and then touch your own genitals, eyes, or mouth; or if you have lesions on your skin.
Just like you can get an STD from a handjob under very specific circumstances, fingering or digital penetration can also lead to STD transmission.
You can get an STD from being fingered, particularly HPV and herpes, since these STDs are transmitted by skin contact. You can get other STDs such as gonorrhea, chlamydia, or syphilis if your partner has their infected fluids on their fingers when they touch your genitals.
Additionally, you can get an STD from fingering your partner if you touch your own skin or mucous membranes afterwards.
You can’t get an STD from touching yourself, but you could spread the STD from your genitals to other parts of your body — such as your eyes — if you touch your face after masturbating without washing your hands thoroughly first.
It depends. In most cases, getting sperm or vaginal fluids on intact skin won’t result in STD transmission. But if infected fluids touch any open sores, wounds, cuts, or other lesions, it could lead to STD transmission.
You can get STDs from oral sex even if you don’t swallow your partner’s sperm. According to the CDC include:
In addition to having safe sex, dental dams, and/or finger cots to make handjobs safe. You and your partner should also get tested regularly for STDs to further reduce the risk of STD transmission. You can learn about at-home STD testing at STDWatch.com.
Can I get genital herpes on my hands from fingering someone during an outbreak? - plannedparenthood.org
STD Risk and Oral Sex – CDC Fact Sheet - cdc.gov