[Question #4910] Any std risk?

24 months ago
I went to a massage parlor. I got toweled down with a hot cloth. My anus was thoroughly scrubbed. She poked a bit with index finger. I have hemmoroids that sometimes bleed during evacuation. Not bleeding at time of massage. I was given a happy ending massage hand only . Cleaned with a different hot towel. Is there any chance of the towel transmitting std because of possible lesions in hemmoroids?
Or from other towel on my penis?
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
24 months ago
Welcome to the forum and thanks for your continuing confidence in our services.

Hand-genital contact, incouding fingering of the vagina, anus, mouth, etc, is risk free for HIV and probably for all STDs. Nobody ever gets HIV or other STDs through massage -- and the details of these events, with exposure only to towels etc and maybe very briefly to the massageer's finger, suggest absolutely no risk. And nobody ever is infected with STD by exposure to contaminated towels, toilet seats, and thing like that. (For example, household contacts never catch herpes, HPV, HIV, or any STD through sharing kitchens, eating utensils, bathrooms, towels, etc.

In summary no worries and for sure no need for testing.

HHH, MD
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24 months ago
Dr Handsfield,
Thank you for your reply. Wanted to let you know it gave me peace of mind. I also wanted you to know this is my first time participating in the forum. I have read your threads but was concerned about the exposure with hemmoroids. So I ponied up the money and was glad to see it was you who answered my question. 
Thank you again.
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
24 months ago
Thanks for the thanks, and for the clarification. Turns out that your username (Worried man) was used by someone else in the past, hence my belief you had posted previously. I have editedt the original reply. I'll add that nonsexual explanations for STDs were common (and commonly believed, by both infected persons and their doctors) in past years. Wandering husbands' excuses that their infections must have come from public toilets or other nonsexual sources were often accepted at face value. But modern research has proved that these afflictions are called "sexually transmitted" for good reason! ---
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