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STDs you could contract through fingering:
· Mononucleosis (Mono)
Sexually transmitted diseases can be passed on through more ways than just intercourse. STDs can be spread through rubbing skin on skin, genital-genital contact, fingering or oral-genital contact. So the question is: can you catch an STD or STI from fingering?
Fingering has a number of different names. From digital vaginal penetration to heavy petting, fingering is a common sexual act. In fact, fingering is commonly a part of foreplay. Many people assume that fingering falls under the category of ‘safe sex.’ For the most part, this statement is true. Luckily, fingering is much less risky than other forms of penetration. However, it’s very important to know that you still have a chance of contracting an STD.
Very little research has been done about whether fingering is a risk factor for transmission. Still, it is likely that people can catch an STD from a finger. The risk is much lower than other forms of sexual activities such as oral sex, but this doesn’t mean you are risk-free.
The evidence that backs research on the presence of STDs on the hands and fingernails is related to the research on whether STDs can be transmitted by objects.
The best data on whether fingering can pass on STDs is linked to HPV. HPV is extremely common and easily transmitted, which makes it easier for researchers to study than other STDs. There have been several studies which have found HPV under the fingernails of people who have contracted genital HPV infections. That means that those fingers can expose a potential partner to HPV.
Research say it is possible for fingering, vaginal or anal, to transmit HPV but the chances are low.
Remember, most STDs are spread through body fluids. These body fluids are used as lubricants, which can increase the risk of infections including chlamydia and gonorrhea. It’s important to note infections like HIV cannot be transmitted through safer activities like fingering.
How to reduce your risk of getting an STD from fingering.
Always wash your hands before engaging in sexual activities. This will help reduce the risk of giving your partner an STD. Keeping your nails trimmed and filed will help reduce any risk as well because long nails can potentially tear your partner’s skin or hold bacteria. Open wounds are an invitation for infection.
With no open cuts or wounds your chances of contracting an STD from fingering greatly decreases.
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