Can you get any sexual diseases from masturbating? I’m a guy and I masturbate about 2 times a week or so.

Generally, no.

It’s good to know that when it comes to STIs, there are four modes of transmission.  They are…

  • Blood
  • Semen
  • Vaginal fluids
  • Skin to skin contact

STI transmission is possible when your sexual fluids or blood come into contact with an infected person’s sexual fluids or blood, or if you have sexual skin-to-skin contact with an infected person.  By this definition, a person masturbating alone, in private, is not at risk for STI transmission.

However, a person can get an STI from a shared sex toy. Be sure to wash all sex toys before and after use, and keep them in a discreet place where others will not encounter them.  If you share sex toys with someone else, use a condomMutual masturbation can also carry an STI risk if those involved engage in skin to skin (genital to genital or mouth to genital) or fluid contact, even unintentionally.

As long as you’re not harming yourself or others during masturbation, it can be a safe, healthy way to explore your sexuality without risk of STIs or pregnancy.  If you have more questions about masturbation, consider talking to a trusted adult. You can also give us a call at 303-442-5160 with more questions!