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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