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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!


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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Health Nurse

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This answer was posted on February 21, 2013

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