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Sexual fluids on dildos or other sex toys can spread STDs

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Question:

"Can I get an STD from a dildo or other sex toy?"

- Anonymous

Response:

This is an excellent question. You should always get as much information as you can about your health and disease transmission before engaging in sexual activities.

Masturbating can be a great way to figure out what things you like and what things you dislike. Using only your hands, masturbation does not carry a risk of catching or spreading STDs. Masturbating can also help you explore your sexual boundaries. It's also important to know that, contrary to some popular misinformation, masturbation does not harm your body in any way.

That being said, it is important to know that some STDs can be spread through sexual fluids. Therefore, if you are sharing a dildo (or other sex toy) with another person, that is definitely a scenario where STDs can be transmitted from one person to another.

If you do find yourself in a situation where you're sharing a sex toy with another person, make sure that efforts are made to sanitize it. Passing it directly from one person to another without cleaning it can leave sexual fluids on the surface of the toy which can lead to one person passing an infection to the other. 

Of course, if you are using sex toys with a partner, the best way to ensure the safety of all parties involved is for people to use their own sex toys and not share them. If this is not feasible, then, again, make an effort to clean it between users. Make sure that all the residue is gone before the next person uses it.

If you have engaged in sexual activities that involved sharing a sex toy, you should consider getting yourself tested for STDs right away. Even if you feel fine and are not experiencing any symptoms, that does not mean that you are not carrying a disease. Many people who are infected with an STD feel no symptoms at all. 


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