Lets talk a little bit about STIs. STIs can be a very real risk for people if they are engaging in certain types of sexual contact. It’s good to know that when it comes to STIs there are four modes of transmission. They are…
- Sexual Fluids (Semen and Vaginal fluids)
- Skin to skin contact
- And Mother to Child (Breastmilk and Vaginal Delivery)
In order for someone to contract an STI, they would need to engage in sexual activity with a person who already has an STI in which one or more of these modes would come into play.
Masturbation can be a safe way to explore your body and learn more about your sexual likes and dislikes. Masturbation doesn’t come with a risk of STI transmission or pregnancy, and it doesn’t require the same communication skills as being sexually active with someone else. Self-masturbation can also help you figure out your sexual boundaries and preferences before you become sexually active with others. Masturbation also won’t damage or harm your body in any way. You can not give yourself an STI from masturbation
In this situation however, if you happened to have Herpes type 1 (Herpes type 1 causes cold sores on the mouth and is not an STI) and had direct contact from your mouth to your genitals, it could potentially be transmitted from the mouth to the genital region. If you do have Herpes type 1 and want to pleasure yourself with your mouth, just use a barrier method like a condom or a dental dam.
If you have more questions, give our Teen Clinic a call! 303-442-5160