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Should I be concerned about possible STD's if a guy is fingering me? As long as his hands are clean and there aren't any cuts? Also, if I was to touch his genitals with my hand, again washing my hands after, should there be any concern? I realize there are small percentages of exceptions to everything. I just want to be careful. I haven't asked him if he has STD's or not (though I probably should), and am not planning on having sex anytime soon, but I was concerned about hand-genital contact. Thanks!

Hi

Gonorrhea, chlamydia and HIV are not passed this way.

It is possible, but not common, to pass the sexually transmitted infections (STI) that are spread through skin-to-skin contact. Those are herpes, genital warts and syphilis.

In general hand - genital contact is low risk for most STI. It is one of the safer ways you can have sexual contact.

Like you have suggested hand washing is a good idea.

Have a look at our “talk about it” web page it gives some suggestions on talking to partners about sex and STI testing. 
 

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This answer was posted on February 21, 2013

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