[Question #5381] Worried about possible exposure

22 months ago
First of all, thanks for this great online forum. I didn't find similar question so I decided to ask my own question.

I had an exposure in massage center in europe.  I didn't want to expose myself to a potential risk so I didn't have vaginal or oral sex. The exposure was intimate hugging without direct genital rubbing, kissing without tongue, and touching her body including vagina but without fingering.

My main concern that I did a self check for diabetes before the encounter and I used the finger stick needle several times and had multiple holes in my fingers. I am not sure if this has added an additional risk while touching her vagina with my fingers.

I also noticed a rash on her right arm that looked like red scratches that I touched with my fingers as well. 

Does this exposure considered a risk for HIV or any other STD? Does it warrant testing for HIV or any STD?

Thanks
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
22 months ago
 Welcome to the forum. Thanks for your confidence in our services, and for viewing other questions before asking your own. Actually, you could have found many similar ones, but our search function is antiquated!

No STDs, including HIV, ever are transmitted by massage or other nonsexual body contact. Superficial wounds and cuts make no difference; there has never been a reported case of such transmission. Don’t over-interpret common advice about avoiding blood contact:  it takes very heavy blood exposure to create a risk of infection. Your massage partner’s skin conditions also do not elevate risk in any way.

So all is well, no need to worry! You definitely should not be tested on account of this event for HIV, STDs, or any other infections.

I hope these comments have eased your fears. Let me know if anything isn’t clear.

HHH, MD
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