Mutual masturbation is about seeking sexual pleasure between two or more people by touching, caressing, massaging or stroking the genitals of each other. Mutual masturbation is considered relatively safe and is a low risk for transmitting STIs.
However, during this sexual activity there could be chances of transferring body fluids such as semen, vaginal fluids, anal fluids and sometimes blood and as such may result in transmission of syphilis, herpes, hepatitis B and human papilloma virus (HPV). We recommend that safer sex options like condoms, gloves and lubes can make mutual masturbation safer and enjoyable. It is important to note that majority of STIs do not have symptoms, which means that you can have an STI without knowing it, so for anyone who is sexually active it is recommended to consider STI testing as part of their routine medical checkup.
If there are toys like dildos, vibrators involved, sharing is not recommended unless the toys are cleaned as recommended and using a new condom every time it’s used. A safer and consensual mutual masturbation can be fun, exciting and an intimate way of enjoying sex between people.