[Question #4287] #4283 Question - Massage

29 months ago
Dr. Hook,

I wanted to post to say thanks so much for your answer on HTLV on #4283 (as was unable to post a follow-up). I am SO sorry but the one thing I forgot to ask about was normal (i.e. non-sexual) massages received in a country with HTLV - i.e. if there would be any risk if a family member with medical conditions (including below examples) had a non-sexual massage from an HTLV-infected person. Or am I right that all your previous advice on HTLV risk (including HTLV 1 & 2 and any other forms) would be unchanged?

I completely got your message last time, so if this is repetitive question please feel free to give a very simple one-line response saying this. I'm so sorry for wasting your valuable time - I really do appreciate it so much Dr, I beg you please don't delete this message without responding. I promise this will be the last enquiry. Thank you so much again Dr. 

Example conditions
Immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP)
High-dose long-term steroid/oral steroid
Von Willebrand and other blood clotting disorders
Diabetes / varicose veins
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
29 months ago
Dr. Hook as repeatedly advised you that repeated anxiety driven questions are not permitted. In general, medical conditions in exposed persons never increase their risk of catching any infection. In some cases, such conditions may make certain infections more severe, but they do not increase risk of catching any STD, colds. flu, or anything else. 

This must be your last question about HTLV or similar infections on this forum. You are free to continue your own online research, but we will have no further advice. The forum does not permit repeated questions on the same topic or exposure. Future questions along these lines may be deleted without reply and 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, continued answers tend to prolong users' anxieties. Finally, such questions have little educational value for other users, one of the forum's main purposes. Thank you for your understanding.