[Question #3366] Penis head touch seaman during mutual masturbation

37 months ago
Hello Doctors - 
If someone touch the precum on their penis and rubs it around on the head of your penis, near the opening at the tip, can you contract an STI?  Thank you. 
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
37 months ago
Welcome back to the forum.

Undoubtedly it would be possible to catch some STDs from such an exposure, but this sort of contact has never been studied, so it's not possible to estimate how high the risk is. I would expect it to be quite low, and I would not recommend testing after such an exposure unless a) your partner was known to have an active STD involving his penis at the time of the exposure or b) you develop symptoms of STD (discharge from the penis, painful urination, or penile sores) within the next couple of weeks.

I hope this information is helpful. Let me know if anything isn't clear.

HHH, MD
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37 months ago
Thanks for your response...Is the exposure relative to all stds or would it be only certain ones?  Secondly,  what's the probability that one would get an STD and no symptoms (the ones you mentioned) be present?  How often do people get STDs without any symptoms at all? 
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
37 months ago
This is just guesswork -- no data. But if the two penises came into direct contact with one another, probably there would be risk of all STDs.  Asymptomatic infection is very common; almsot all STDs are sometimes asymptomatic, but some more than others. For example, asymptomatic gonorrhea is rare and asym;tomatic chlamydi is common.

If you remain concerned about this event, you can get tested. However, as I said above, the risk probably is low for all STDs and I have told you the circumstances in which testing should be done. Without those conditions, it is optional.

Another logical approach would be for the two partners to speak and agree to go together for testing. If neither one has an STD, then the other obviously would not be at risk.

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37 months ago
Final comment/question.... The exposure wasn't directly touching penis to penis.... My partner, touched his penis and got fluid on his fingers and briefly rubbed it around the  head of my penis. It  wasn't forceful and more just massaging the the precut lubed tip.  Does your answer still remain the same. 
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
37 months ago
That's evewn lower risk. Hand-genital contact has never been known to transmit STDs, even when genital fluids are used for lubrication. However, nobody can say the risk is zero if the fluids remain moist and are massaged into the tissues, as migth be epxected in mutual masturbation.

You've had several questions over the years about obviously low risk events. You really needn't keep asking:  the answers always will be the same:  without unprotected insertive sex, the risk is always low (often zero); but worried people are free to be tested for common STDs from time to time despite having only low risk exposures. It should not be necessary for you to ask about every such low risk event that may occur. ASHA and the moderators appreciate all your many financial donations, but don't need the money so badly!

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