[Question #5431] Risk of getting STD.

21 months ago
Hi doctor,
I would like to ask that are the risks of getting an STDs from a touch from another guy in the Steam room in the gym. 

Recently, after I exercise I went to the gym steam room to relax myself. I was nude in the steam room and was closing my eyes and went into a deep relaxation state. There was a guy sitting just beside me and when I noticed his hand was grabbing my penis . It was a short 5secs or less.  Immediately I pushed him away. 

I am not sure if before that he touches his penis and touches mine.  I am a uncircumcised male. At that point of touch my foreskin is still intact on the gland. It was still covering the head. 

What are the risk of me getting an std from this. Should I be worried? I know std can spread through skin to skin contact. Should I wait for 6months and go for a full hiv and std test. Sorry I am paranoid. 

Thanks doctor. 
Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
21 months ago
Welcome to our Forum. I'll be glad to comment and hope that my response will be reassuring.  Being touched by another person's hand is a no risk event for acquisition of any and all STIs.  This is true even if he happened to have genital secretions on his hand- still no risk.  Just to emphasize this point, let me tell you that even conservative information sources such as the CDC go on to state that mutual masturbation in which partners get each others secretions on one another is a no risk event and your contact was certainly less than that.  Thus, from your description I can assure you that there is no risk for STI from the encounter you describe an reason for STI testing of any sort.  I hope this information is helpful and reassuring.  EWH---
21 months ago
Thank you doctor Edward. I can move on and stop thinking about it already .