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820warrior
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Hi,
Before me and my girlfriend start doing hand job/fingering, I want to be safe about what we are doing. First, if I get pre-cum on my hands, how effective is hand washing in getting it off? Second, if I get actual semen on my hands, how effective is hand washing in getting it off? I use warm water and antibacterial soap and dry it off. Thanks

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Kachina
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Yes, sperm are not as strong as bacteria, so washing or drying is enough. The main reason you should both wash hands before touching each other is to prevent infections.

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820warrior
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So there is no chance of any sperm surviving on my hand or her hand after washing? Like if she went to the bathroom 20 minutes later and had washed her hands, there is no possibility of cross contamination?
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Kachina
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Whether sperm survive is not actually what's important, because sperm need the semen they're in to go anywhere, so if the semen is dry, the sperm will die shortly and even if they are alive they can't actually move anywhere.

Check out these articles:
Where DID I Come From? A Refresher Course in Human Reproduction
Pregnancy Scared?

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