Sex Terms Beginning with H

HHand Job – Hard – Hard On – Hardcore – Hepatitis B – Hermaphrodite – Heterosexual – Herpes – HIV (Human Immuno-Deficiency Virus) – Homosexual – Hormones – Horny – Hymen

Hand Job

Stimulation of a man’s penis using a hand or both hands. It can be done by the person themselves or by another party. Also called Masturbating someone.


When a man is aroused causing the penis to become stiff or erect, either by physical stimulation, sexual fantasy or visual aid. There are different levels of stiffness or hardness which may indicate the level of arousal, but may also be limited by the physical ability of the male to gain and keep his erection.

Hard On

Slang term for an Erection.


Sexual pictures, movies, or other erotically intended material that show explicit sexual activity. Hardcore material typically focuses on erect penises, close-up shots of vaginas and various sorts of penetration. This is different from Softcore, which tries to focus on the erotic and not the physical detail. Pornography is by definition hardcore.

Hepatitis B

A sexually transmitted disease caused by a blood-borne virus. It can cause swelling of a person’s liver and at a later stage it gives their skin a yellow colour. If it is untreated, Hepatitis B can cause cancer or severely damage a person’s liver. There is no cure for Hepatitis B, but there is a 3-stage vaccine that can protect from infection, if taken prior to exposure. Apart from spreading it through intercourse, it can be spread by sharing needles or other contact with an infected person’s blood.


See Androgyne and Intersex.


A person who is sexually oriented to people of the opposite sex. Also called Straight.


An infection caused by the Herpes Simplex Virus (types 1 or 2). The two main forms are Oral Herpes, or cold sores, which appear around the mouth and is said to be the most common infection; Genital Herpes is the form that is spread by sexual intercourse and infects the genitals. Having one form of herpes is not related to the other.

A person infected with genital herpes tends to develop blisters in or around the genitals. Sometimes they are so small or hidden that they cannot be noticed, but they are nevertheless highly infectious. The blisters grow and tear open, at which point they become painful and most dangerous. The first outbreak after infection is usually the worst. It lasts a few weeks and passes on its own. After that episodes occur from time to time, usually when the person is under greater stress or when their immune system is weakened. Genital Herpes cannot be cured, but the outbreaks can be treated with antiviral medications that reduce the symptoms.

HIV (Human Immuno-deficiency Virus)

A sexually transmitted virus that causes AIDS. It infects the body and after months or years begins to break down a person’s immune system. There are no external signs of HIV infection, so in order to be diagnosed a blood (or sometimes saliva or urine) test is necessary. HIV can also be spread by blood contact, during childbirth or via breastfeeding. As a relatively new virus, it was classified and named in There are 2 species of this virus: HIV-1 and HIV-2, and a person can be infected with one or both. As of today, treatment cannot cure HIV but it can hold back the expansion of the virus, keeping the carrier healthy for years and possibly decades.


A person who is sexually oriented to people of the same sex. This term is used for both males and females, but female homosexuals are more often referred to as Lesbians. Also called Gay.


Chemicals produced by the body and used to send messages to initiate and run natural processes. The sex hormones – estrogen (estradiol), progesterone, testosterone – which are sex defined, are involved in creating normal female and male behaviour and development, including reproductive processes, nurturing, puberty, menstruation and menopause.


A slang term that means someone a female or male is feeling turned on and in the mood for sex.


A thin membrane that surrounds part of the opening of the vagina. It does not interfere with urination or menstrual bleeding, but will sometimes be torn by tampon use, pressure on the vaginal entrance from horseback riding or sport, or from sexual penetration. Because of the fact that sex usually tears the hymen if it is not already torn, throughout history it has been used as a marker of virginity. Unfortunately for many women in sexually conservative places, this system is inaccurate and can lead to false accusations about their sexual behaviour. More about the Hymen

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