[Question #4204] Fear of possible STI exposure

32 months ago
Hello, thank you in advance for your help.  My concern comes from an incident that happened 6 days ago.  I went to a strip club for my friends party and was having some drinks.  There was a stripper that was hanging around us and she proceeded to put ice down her panties and rub it on her genitals.  She then took her hand out and rubbed the ice on my face and possibly got some of the ice water in my eye.  Her hand also touched my face.  I immediately got up and went to the restroom to wash my face with water and antibacterial hand soap.  The stripper looked like she was on drugs and seemed dirty like a person with bad hygiene.  she could have been having an outbreak at the time, that might be the reason why she put ice on her genitals but i am unsure.  Could I have contracted an sti such as herpes, genital warts, chlamydia or any other type of STI or disease on my face?? since then I have been having episodes of tingling and itchiness on my face as well as a few pimples.  My eyes have also been feeling itchy, watery and strange.  However, I know some of these symptoms can be caused by anxiety.  Should I be concerned? should I get tested? I been thinking of going back to the strip club to confront her of her sti status but it seems a bit irrational.  Please let me know if I have reason to worry. I have read that viruses can live in water and ice... Thank you again for your help.
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
32 months ago
Welcome to the forum and thanks for your question.

STDs are only transmitted by sex. They are not simply infections that happen to involve the genitals, and the bacteria and viruses that cause them evolved to require intercourse for transmission. It is very rare for anyone to ever be infected simply by contact with infected body fluids via hands, kissing, etc. Nobody ever gets any STDs from events like you have described; even if the stripper had an STD, it would not have been transmitted through these events. And your symptoms don't go along with any STD.

So my advice is to not worry. There is no need for testing for any STD, and if you have a regular sex partner, you can safely continue your normal sexual behaviors and practices.

I hope this information is helpful. Let me know if anything isn't clear.

HHH, MD
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