[Question #5692] Risk of possible exposure

21 months ago
Hello Dr,

About 4 weeks ago went for a massage, no "sexual contact", lady stayed clothed throughout the massage, took place but the lady's fingers did briefly/ occasionally touch my scrotum and penis through the course of the massage, areas massaged was whole body  inner thigh and pubic area/lower stomach. When finished she offered me hand relief which i declined and then became concerned about as I did not know they offered these services. While paying i tried to see if she had any cuts on her hands and at first glance it did look like she did have a cut but second time i looked could not see it...I did ask her to wash her hands before the massage started which she did. Got home checked did not see any blood on myself but did have a pimple/ingrown hair in my thigh and remembered that i had squeezed a small blackhead on my shaft that morning. So now 4 weeks later i found 2 or 3 what looks like pimples om my pubic area, to get a better view i shaved myself with a clipper and squeezed these pimples contents not being water but more like pimples and applied cream, subsequent to this a few days later i have more small "pimples" all over my pubic area, maybe rash from shaving? New bumps when squeezed are not watery.
I do have burning when urinating but this was there before this interaction i have cpps and massage was to assist with this.

Please advise on way forward am i at risk of any Sti's etc?

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 are entirely no risk events with zero risk for acquisition on all STIs, including HIV.  There is no reason for concern and no reason for testing of any sort.

The skin lesions you describe do not suggest STI but are most consistent with folliculitis, the benign skin condition which occurs when slin pores and hair follicles become plugged.  The best way to manage this condition is with washing with soap and water, perhaps while using a wash cloth or loofah sponge.  Please do not squeeze them as squeezing can lead to secondary infection.

As you allude to, I suspect your burning on urination is due to your CPPS.  It is certainly not due to the interaction you have mentioned.  

I hope that this information is helpful to you.  EWH
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20 months ago
Hello Dr,

Sorry for late reply i was traveling. Thank you for your detailed response it is appreciated! 

So to conclude and confirm massage only is safe even if one might have a pimple or 2/ingrown hair anywhere on the body and they might rupture during the massage etc. I am not going to go into the what if this or that scenario just want to get a overall opinion on the safety of your standard massage and the fact that masseuses have a lot more contact with people than the average person does...? 
Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
20 months ago
Your summary is spot on- receipt of a massage which may include receipt of masturbation is totally safe sex with no risk for STI acquisition.  The fact that masseuses professionally have lots of contact with other people, some of whom might have one sort of infection or another does not change this and in fact, as a generalization, means that they are more cautions and do a better job of avoiding transfer of infection to others than most people.  EWH---
20 months ago
Thank you for the quick reply and answer as well as this forum.

Thats it for me. Take care.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
20 months ago
Glad I could help.  EWH---