We dry humped and were both fully clothed. Is there any way I could get an STD?
My boyfriend and I are both virgins and haven't done or been with anyone else but each other. We dry humped and were both fully clothed. I had leggings and undies on and he had jean shorts and undies. He came but it was contained.
Is there any way I could get an STD? I know it seems a silly question but I am genuinely worried. Any help would be so much appreciated.
Hi and thanks for your question. It's great you are finding out more and are concerned about your health and wellbeing. There is no such thing as a silly question so feel free to ask anything at any time!
There is no risk associated with the sexual behaviour that you have described. For a sexually transmissible infection (STI, known in the past as STD for disease) to be passed from one infected person to another, there has to be skin-to-skin contact (e.g. for herpes and genital warts) or the exchange of sexual fluids (e.g. for syphilis, chlamydia and gonorrhoea). Because neither of those things happened for you, there is no risk.
Dry humping is a safe way to explore your sexual feelings and thoughts. Remember though that you should always feel comfortable doing anything sexual with someone else. If it doesn't feel right or you don't feel ready, ask your partner to stop. If they don't, this is called sexual assault and you should talk to someone you trust about it.
If you and your boyfriend decide to take things a little further, make sure you're prepared by having condoms ready. When used with a water-based lubricant, condoms give you the protection from STIs and also from unintended pregnancy.
For more information on STIs and how they are passed on, check out the link below. Hope you're feeling less worried now. Take care.