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A 25-year-old male asked:

does masturbation cause hiv?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
No. HIV is a virus.: Normal men, women, boys, and girls masturbate (it's universal). It is not harmful, as the body goes through similar effects during regular sex with a partner (but too much of anything may become a problem). Masturbation does not stunt height, cause acne or hair loss, make you weak, create heart problems, lower testosterone, affect virginity, lower fertility, change your weight, or damage vision.
Dr. Dustin Colegrove
Internal Medicine 12 years experience
No: No doing this does not cause HIV.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
No: Most masturbation is done alone, so is safer than sexual activities done with other people. HIV is not "caused". HIV is "caught", which means a person has to "catch" it from another person. Masturbating alone is safe because one cannot catch diseases from himself.
Dr. Dustin Colegrove
Internal Medicine 12 years experience
No: No doing this does not cause HIV.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
No: I am sorry that anybody told you something so foolish. If you were told this by a "spiritual advisor", that person is simply a liar. Truthfully, Arjun, you are a grown man now and you need to be aware of the basics of sexuality. Enjoying your body will not make you HIV-positive, stupid, fat, bald, hairy, smooth, blind, an unfit partner / parent, or unspiritual. Think about the girl you'll marry.

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