Masturbation and mutual masturbation

Published: 07 April 2009

Masturbating a woman is discussed under 'fingering', above. Masturbating a man poses no risk of HIV transmission unless there are cuts, burns, abrasions or rashes on the fingers or hands that come into contact with pre-cum, semen, or blood. This risk can be greatly reduced by using a latex glove.

There has been one case in which a South African man reported that his only possible route of exposure was by using the semen of his partners to lubricate his own penis whilst masturbating.1

References

  1. Knobel GJ An urgent warning: contraction of HIV infection during mutual masturbation. S Afr Med J 73:617, 1988
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