Sex Advice

Dear Dr. Locker: Can I get an STD by rubbing my private parts on a woman's private parts?

Answer from Dr. Locker

Yes. There are two sexually transmitted diseases that are transmitted from skin-to-skin contacts: herpes and HPV (also known as genital warts). It is possible to transmit these from rubbing your genitals on someone elses. I recommend that you and your partner get tested for all sexually transmitted infections, and practice safer sex. For more information check out these questions:

*I’ve heard that condoms are never 100% safe, and they protect against certain STDs better than others. What’s the story, and aside from celibacy, what do I do?

*How can I bring up the topic of using condoms with someone I'm dating?

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