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Mutual Masturbation - When You Don't Want To Wait

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Updated February 03, 2014

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If either you or your partner has not been recently screened for STDs, but you still want to have sex, you do have options. Some people in this circumstance aren't even comfortable with going down on each other with protection (blowjob, cunnilingus), let alone having protected intercourse, so one option is mutual masturbation. Although fingering someone, or giving them a handjob, is not necessarily entirely safe, they are relatively low risk sexual activities that many people are comfortable engaging in even without recent testing. Plus, if you want to make these activities even safer, you can always use a finger cot or glove. Tribadism and frottage are also good safe sex options, particularly if they are done while clothed.
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