[Question #5645] Protected oral sex - chance to get any STI

21 months ago
Dear Doctor, 

I'm a male, 37 years old. I got in a similar situation like two years ago... but I think I took care. Here is the situation:

Yesterday I visited a sex worker in the red light district in Amsterdam. She gave me a protected (condom) oral sex, what she finished with her hand, without condom.  She put the condom on my penis with her mouth and hands.  She did not touch with her lips the uncovered parts of my penis - I'm 99% sure - she removed the condom with her hands. There was no anal or vaginal sex  (or any other type of xex) and the whole think lasted around 5-10 minutes. 

When I arrived at the flat, I got a shower and I washed my genital parts with Betadine soap - I don't know if this matters. 

I'd like to know whether there is any chance to get an STD - like via her hands, or anyhow. I think not, but I'd like to be sure, since you are the professionals. 
I already had herpes on my lips many times before. 

Thank you for your answer.

Kind regards,



Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
21 months ago
Welcome to our Forum and thanks for your confidence in our service. the events you describe did not put you at risk for any STI.  Licensed commercial sex workers in Amsterdam are examined for STIs regularly and condoms are highly effective in preventing STIs.  Even if your exposure had not been condom protected your risk for infection would be very, very low and with a condom, it is close to non-existent.  I would not worry about any STI (including HIV) risk from this exposure and see no reason for testing.

I hope that this reassurance is helpful.  EWH
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21 months ago
Thank you for your opinion. I do STD testing once per year and it was planned this year in July, so I would go anyway.  I have a question: as I mentioned I washed myself with Betadine fluid soap after getting home. I do it usually 1-2 per week, due to outdoor sports. Generally, does it help in case there is a possibility of infection of HSV, HPV or any other STD? In case I was the public area and penis?
Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
21 months ago
I am not aware of any data to suggest that periodic betadine baths will reduce your risk for the STIs spread by skin-to-skin contact and am doubtful that it would help.  The betadine may reduce the amount of Staph  and other bacteria on you skin and these sports of washes are often done prior to surgery to reduce the bacterial present on the skin but the effect is likely to last only a few hours at most.  EWH---