[Question #2356] STD from getting penis shaft licked?

46 months ago
Hello, I wanted to ask two related questions. I recently (four days ago) received a massage that was sexual in nature and the provider began licking near my penis. I told her not to put the head of the penis in her mouth, which she did not do, but she licked and sucked on the shaft of my penis as well as my testicles. This was without any protection. I am wondering about the likelihood of any STDs and if there is more than just a very low likelihood, which ones in particular I should be worried about. Also, I have noticed a tingling sensation on my testicles and inner thighs (down to mid thigh level) the last couple days and was wondering if that were a symptom of anything or if it were just my mind playing tricks on me?
Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
46 months ago
Welcome to the Forum.  I happened to be on the site when your question came up so you are getting a response far more quickly than is usual.  Further responses, if needed are likely to take longer.  The event you describe did not put you at any risk for any STI.  Having the shaft of your penis and your scrotum licked ("kissed") is a no risk event for virtually all STIs.  If your masseuse had active oral herpes   (which would have been obvious from the presence of a lesion/cold sore on her lip- you would not have missed it!) you might have had a very small chance (less than 1%, probably closer to less than 1/10th of 1%) of getting that infection if you do not already have HSV-1 but that risk is quite small.  there is no reason for concern, no reason for testing and no reason to abstain from unprotected sex with your regular partner related to the events you have described.

I hope this comment is helpful.  EWH
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46 months ago
Thank you. That is comforting to hear. A couple follow up questions / additional information. The sucking / licking on the penis occurred for over ten minutes and went all the way up to the head. I assume this doesn't change your answer? Second, I assume from your answer that the risk of STIs in a similar situation only occurs if the mouth or tongue of the partner goes over the head of the penis and touches the hole on he head from which one urinates or ejaculates? Thank you for answering my questions.  
Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
46 months ago
1.  The duration of contact does not change my assessment or advice.

2.  When the opening of the urethra (the "hole" that urine and ejaculate come out of) goes into the mouth, the risk for infection with bacteria such as gonorrhea (if present) or introduction of mouth bacteria to get into the urethra increase and may cause symptomatic inflammation, called "urethritis" and symptoms such as burning in urination or a discharge from the penis.  Since she did not take the head of your penis into her mouth, this should be a concern for you.  EWH
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