Non-penetrative Sex .January 6, 2021
Non-penetrative sex or outercourse is sexual activity that usually does not include sexual penetration. It generally excludes the penetrative aspects of vaginal, anal, or oral sexual activity, but includes various forms of sexual and non-sexual activity, such as frottage, mutual masturbation, kissing, or cuddling. Some forms of non-penetrative sex, particularly when termed outercourse, include penetrative aspects, such as penetration that may result from forms of fingering or oral sex.
Although sexually transmitted infections (STIs/STDs) such as herpes, HPV, and pubic lice can be transmitted through non-penetrative genital-genital or genital-body sexual activity, non-penetrative sex may be used as a form of safer sex because it is less likely that body fluids (the main source of STI/STD transmission) will be exchanged during the activities, especially with regard to aspects that are exclusively non-penetrative.
Health risks :
There is a sociocultural viewpoint that because non-penetrative sex usually does not involve a direct exchange of semen or vaginal fluids, and because at no point (in exclusively non-penetrative sex acts) does anything penetrate the vulva, vagina or anus, these acts are risk free. Although the risks associated with non-penetrative sex acts are significantly less than those associated with penetrative sex, there are still risks that can occur. There is a slight risk for pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) with certain non-penetrative sex acts.
- Herpes can be spread through kissing or anytime an infected mouth or genitals comes into contact with another individual’s mouth or genitals (when it occurs on the genitals, it is known as genital herpes)
- Genital warts is similar to herpes, but caused by a different virus. It is also spread by skin-to-skin contact with the genitals
- Chancroid is spread through skin-to-skin contact when an infected individual has sores present and these sores come into contact with another individual (generally in the genital area)
- Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is spread through coming into contact with various body secretions (saliva, genital excretions, blood etc.)
- Human papillomavirus (HPV) is spread through skin-to-skin contact
- Molluscum contagiosum is spread through close contact with an infected person (sharing personal items or close skin-to-skin contact)
- Crab louse (also known as pubic lice or crabs) can be spread through close contact with an infected person
- Scabies is spread through close contact with an infected individual
- Syphilis can be spread through kissing, but is much more likely to be spread through vaginal, anal or oral intercourse
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