(Penis) Docking and STI risk

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    Aug 24, 2010 12:02 AM GMT
    After a few hours of google-ing, I can only conclude that there is a general if "low" risk of STI infection from docking (an uncut guy rolling his foreskin over another man's cock)

    It seems that the risk factor really hasn't been statistically evaluated (or more likely, I haven't looked hard enough/smart enough to uncover it yet) for both HIV transmission risk as well as general STIs (Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Syphilis, etc).

    I reckon the risk factor is sufficient to want to avoid this behavior in a casual sex setting... the assumption being one might not have thought to have asked for the other guy's HIV status before rubbing cock heads together...

    Given the chance of the other guy's (potentially infected) semen contacting your pee-hole or even penetrating the skin of the glans, is it riskier than unprotected oral sex?

    So... I'm wondering if anyone has stumbled across any data for people who have become infected from an STI (not HIV) from docking, and separately, for HIV transmission via docking?
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    Aug 24, 2010 1:17 AM GMT
    You don't really need any data to know that any sexual contact carries risk of STD/STI transmission.
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    Aug 24, 2010 3:11 AM GMT
    True. I'm just looking to calm a friend down somewhat. Not much good it will do him if he did pick anything up. Did recommend he get his butt down to a clinic.
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    Aug 24, 2010 3:19 AM GMT
    Docking seems so pointless...icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Aug 24, 2010 3:35 AM GMT
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    Aug 24, 2010 4:03 AM GMT
    As for HIV, the chances are probably low. The reason that unprotected anal sex is so dangerous is because the epithelial tissue that lines the rectum is very thin, and HIV-infected semen has relatively easy access to the capillaries behind the rectal lining that supply blood to it. Additionally, there is the potential of creating small tears and fissures of the external sphincter during rough or unlubricated sex, creating passageways for HIV-infected fluids.

    The penis consists entirely of much thicker epithelium, including the inner mucosal lining of the foreskin. Unless there were cuts on the penis, the chances of transmission are unlikely.

    Regarding genital herpes, warts, and other types of STDs, it's not that simple. But thankfully, they are easier and less expensive to treat.
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    Aug 24, 2010 4:08 AM GMT
    i think the biggest concern would be herpes due to it spreads just by contact, however anything that puts someones fluids around an open orifice or urs on theirs carries some risk. best thing to do is to get tested and take it from there
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    Aug 24, 2010 4:38 AM GMT
    lunar1 saidAs for HIV, the chances are probably low. The reason that unprotected anal sex is so dangerous is because the epithelial tissue that lines the rectum is very thin, and HIV-infected semen has relatively easy access to the capillaries behind the rectal lining that supply blood to it. Additionally, there is the potential of creating small tears and fissures of the external sphincter during rough or unlubricated sex, creating passageways for HIV-infected fluids.

    The penis consists entirely of much thicker epithelium, including the inner mucosal lining of the foreskin. Unless there were cuts on the penis, the chances of transmission are unlikely.

    Regarding genital herpes, warts, and other types of STDs, it's not that simple. But thankfully, they are easier and less expensive to treat.



    Aye, this was my friend's big concern. About 3 weeks ago, he had an encounter with another guy at a bath house, which seems to have involved the docking and insertive oral sex (receiving head) and mutual masturbation.

    He explained that he had symptoms like urethritis that developed a few days ago (burning when peeing, slight discharge from penis, and some burning when masturbating). I told him to get down to the clinic and get it tested, since more than likely he picked up chlamydia (which I had years ago with similar symptoms) or possibly gonorrhea...

    Now he very seldom ever goes after random sex, much less unprotected sex (that I know of) and I suspect he picked up the bug(s) from the docking, since they typically do not spread via having someone sucking (his) cock. That is to say, I think it is a bit of a longer shot that he picked it up from getting a BJ than by docking (the other guy's discharge coming into contact with his glans and urethral opening) .

    Now the thing we are wondering about (and yes, I strongly encouraged him to get HIV tested when his 3-month window opens) is how much more easily the HIV virus could penetrate the glans or enter the urethra and infect a person, since it is much smaller than the bacteria which cause Chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, etc....?
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    Aug 24, 2010 4:43 AM GMT
    Sounds like something you do with a future porn gadgeticon_neutral.gif
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    Aug 24, 2010 5:03 AM GMT
    While not a study per se, this opinion by Dr. Robert Francis of the Robert James Francisco AIDS Foundation seems to shed some more light on this:

    http://www.thebody.com/Forums/AIDS/SafeSex/Archive/TransmissionSexual/Q194663.html

    Basically, he seems to be saying that while there is a risk factor, it would be fairly low.

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    Aug 24, 2010 5:09 AM GMT
    Mmmm this is kind of funny. Uh first - he easily could have picked up gonorrhea from oral sex. If the other guy had it in his throat (which is the other place it likes to reside other than your ass and pecker), then bang, infected. I'm sure that you could also get infected that way with docking, but it would probably be a little more difficult.... unless the guy's dick was dripping with puss icon_confused.gif

    Getting HIV from docking... not likely; it's not that easily transmitted...if it was, we'd all be fuuuuuct. Anal sex increases infection rates because you have substantially higher viral load transfering directly into the blood.

    Tell your buddy to chill out, and if he's a twit about STIs, then he should really reconsider the type of guys he's hooking up with, and where he's meeting them.