[Question #3469] Any std from Asian massage?

35 months ago
I know there have been several questions about this issue but not so direct.  Is there any std that you can catch from a massage?   I received an Asian massage(no sex) but she did rub her hands all over my back and but.  I had boxers on but she pulled them down to rub my butt.  When I turned over, I finished myself off.  Three months later my back is itchy so I ask my wife to look at it and she sees 2 brown patches.  One I knew I had but not the other.  Went to NP on Monday and she thinks seborrheic keratosis but can't rule out something else so took photos and sent to dermatologist.  She told me not to worry(easy for her to say).   I'm terrified that this is skin cancer or something that I caught from the massage.  I see karposi sarcoma is std related.  Now  my but crack is itchy but I've had that happen before from hemmoroids.   I know that I sound anxious (I am)but I just haven't been myself lately.  I ran to an urgent care last month thinking I had herpes and it was jock itch.  Can I be at peace  that whatever these spots are did not come from an std or the massage?  Thank you!
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
35 months ago
Welcome back to the forum, but I'm sorry you found it necessary. I reviewed Terri's and Dr. Hook's responses on your two previous threads, both of which concerned this same exposure and reassured you that you were at no risk for any STD. The large majority of skin problems, even those that involve the genital area, are not STDs. It is unlikely the NP has confused skin cancer with with a seborrheic keratosis; and even if you have a skin cancer at that spot, it's not an STD and not possibly related to your massage. ((Undoubtedly you know that HPV can cause skin cancers. But HPV is not transmitted from hands, only by direct genital contact; always involve the genital are, not skin of the back or elsewhere; and only many years after catching HPV.)

This problem and all the others you have experienced recently, and any more you may  are definitely not due to any STD from your massage event. This is the last time we're going to say it. The forum does not permit repeated questions on the same topic or exposure. This will have to be your last one; future new questions about this exposure, testing, and your fears about HPV, herpes, or other STDs will be receive even briefer replies than this one, or no reply at all, without refund of the posting fee. This policy is based on compassion, not criticism, and is designed to reduce temptations to keep paying for questions with obvious answers. In addition, experience shows that continued answers tend to prolong users' anxieties rather than reducing them. Finally, such questions have little educational value for other users, one of the forum's main purposes. I trust you will understand.

HHH, MD
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