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    Can you get pregnant if there was no penetration?

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    Women's Health Queensland Wide provides free health information for Queensland women. View Profile

    When genitals touch genitals, but there is no penetration of penis into vagina, then there is virtually no risk of pregnancy. For pregnancy to be a risk there would need to be ejaculation containing semen deposited into the vagina.

    However, there are other risks associated with genitals touching other genitals. Various sexual viruses like human papilloma virus (HPV ) or herpes can be contracted this way. Wearing condoms does provide some protection.

    Women’s Health Educator
    Health Information Line, Women’s Health Queensland Wide

    For more information Queensland women can call the Health Information on 3839 9988 or 1800 017 676 (toll free outside Brisbane).

    Please note that all health information provided by Women’s Health Queensland Wide is subject to this disclaimer.

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