[Question #3714] UK, STI risk at STI testing clinic

35 months ago

Hello Ask Experts, I'm male in my late 20s.

This has got to be the most stupid situation ever... (o and i most likey have OCD and very slightly a hypochondriac)

I had protected sex with an escort 2 weeks ago (1st time) oral and vaginal "protected" (comdom didnt't split) hand and tit job not protected. she seemed like she was careful with protection, although after the dust settled seeing her do cocain was abit upsetting to say the least.


Any way after two weeks i went to a STI testing clinc. Before beeing seen i was worried i was not all clean down stairs if they wanted to check it out. So i went into the toliet to check, the toliets were clients urinate in bottles for the testing. Anyway apon checking i thought it probly could use a clean so i washed my hands and tried to wipe the tip clean with what looked like fresh toliet paper in a despenser then turned the tap on and splashed and rubed the exess off. after doing so i realsed were i was and how stupid the cause of actions were.

my question is how stupid was this.... i think any non expert can answer that :S.

1/ what is the chances i catched anything from the escort.

2/ could i have picked up any STDs from the toliet during the clean up operation as i know some STDs can stay on surfaces for a long time.

3/what should i test for and how long should i wait before getting the test.




Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
35 months ago
Welcome to our Forum and thanks for your confidence in our services.  I'll be happy to provide some information but before I do, let me congratulate you on your practice of safe sex.  it will help to keep you sexually healthy.  Condoms remain the most effective means for prevention of all STIs when used correctly and consistently for penetrative sexual activity.  There was no need to used condoms when you penis was in contact with your partner's breasts - this activity has no risk for STI at all.  As for your specific questions:

1/ what is the chances i catched anything from the escort.

This was a low risk event for multiple reasons including that : most commercial sex workers do not have STIs (they take appropriate precautions as part of their professions); that you used a condom throughout your penetrative sexual contacts and the condom did not break; and because even if exposed, the majority of unprotected exposures to infected sexual partners do not lead to infection. 

2/ could i have picked up any STDs from the toliet during the clean up operation as i know some STDs can stay on surfaces for a long time.

No, STIs are not transmitted from contact to infected materials or secretions which may be present on toilet seats or toilet paper.  That you heard that STIs may remain present outside the body for long periods of time is incorrect.  STIs become non-infectious almost immediately after exposure to the environment, i.e. room temperature and drying. 

3/what should i test for and how long should i wait before getting the test.

You were fine.  Testing at 2 weeks would detect any bacterial STIs that might have occurred, most STIs would have also caused symptoms within two weeks of exposure as well.  HIV tests (for which there is no reason to think you might be at risk for) are an exception.  HIV tests are not totally conclusive until six weeks after exposure. that said, given the low risk of the events you describe, I would expect you to be in the clear at this time and would urge you not to worry. 


I hope this information is helpful.  EWH


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