Hand Job

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Definition: "Hand job" is a slang term that is often used to refer to a specific type of masturbation or mutual masturbation-- where the penis is physically stimulated by a his partner's hand. It is sometimes also used to describe stimulation of the vulva, clitoris, and vagina, although this is more often referred to by the term "fingering"

More specifically, a hand job involves caressing and manipulating the penis and testicles with one or both hands.

This can be done either through clothing or on naked flesh, and it often involves use of a sexual lubricant. A hand job may be part of sexual foreplay before other sexual activities and/or it may be engaged in as an independent sexual activity. Sometimes, but not always, it involves bringing the person who is being masturbated to orgasm.

Also Known As: jerk off (slang)

Hand jobs are generally considered to be extremely low-risk sexual activities for STD acquisition. If a person has clean hands, and doesn't have any warts or sores on them, there is almost no way for them to give the person they are masturbating an STD. There is some data suggesting that HPV may be transmissible by fomites from material under someone's fingernails, but this is an unlikely scenario. Nevertheless, if you are going to be doing insertion play with your hands, it is a good idea to keep your fingernails short and/or to wear gloves.

Doing so also reduces the likelihood that you will scratch your partner with your fingernails, something that has the potential to lead to an unpleasant bacterial infection.

Fun Fact: Although cancers of the nail bed are relatively rare, several studies have suggested that they may be associated with HPV infection, just like a number of other cancers.

Sources:

Moy RL, Eliezri YD, Nuovo GJ, Zitelli JA, Bennett RG, Silverstein S. Human papillomavirus type 16 DNA in periungual squamous cell carcinomas. JAMA. 1989 May 12;261(18):2669-73.

Sonnex C, Strauss S, Gray JJ. Detection of human papillomavirus DNA on the fingers of patients with genital warts. Sex Transm Infect. 1999 Oct;75(5):317-9.

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