[Question #4618] HIV Scare

29 months ago

Hello Dr.


Last week I went to a massage parlour and the girl there gave me a hand job. I have been worried about the possible risk encounter from then.


1). One day after the encounter I am experiencing mild pain on the head of penus and glands around the penus head have turned red. If the lady had a active wound on her hand and then gave me a handjob would that transmit the hiv.


2). I have read about Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP), should I take this medication since my exposure is less than 72 hours.


3). Should I need to take any tests.


H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
29 months ago
Welcome to the forum. Thanks for your question.

Some questions can be accurately answered based on the first few words. I have not yet read your numbered questions, but hand-genital contact cannot trransmit HIV. If that is your only potential contact, then no matter what symptoms you have had or other things that concern you, the answer is that you did not catch HIV.

Now I have read the questions. Guess what?

1) No infectoin of any kind can start to cause symptoms in one day. And HIV cannot cause symptoms sooner than 8-10 days after exposure. Almost certainly these symtpoms are just penile irritation or minor trauma from the event.

1) You do not need PEP and should not seek it. I doubt you could find a clinic or doctor willing to prescribe it, if you are honest about the exposure.

3) No testing of any kind is needed.

I hope these comments are helpful. Let me know if anything isn't clear.

HHH, MD
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H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
28 months ago
It has become apparent that you are returning to the forum repeatedly using different email addresses and/or usernames, which is against forum rules; and repeatedly asking the same questions about nonexistant HIV risks associated with fingering, the possibility of massage personnel or strippers having cuts on their hands, etc -- which also is against the rules. You may not keep returning to the forum in this manner. 

Future new questions about simlar exposures and your fears about HIV may receive no reply and the posting fee will not be refunded. This policy is based on compassion, not criticism, and 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.

Good bye.
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