[Question #5982] Infection from Handjob?

19 months ago

I recently met up with a guy who’s sexual history was unknown to me but I’m positive he is very sexually active. I gave him a handjob using both of my hands. He was uncircumcised and had two tiny bumps near the top of his foreskin. 

They were tiny and flesh colored spaced apart and felt like what I  imagine a grain of sand to feel like. I took them for a possible pimple and did not think much of it. Both hands came into contact with these bumps. I immediately washed my hands after the encounter and had no cuts of any kind on my hands.

The next day, I noticed some pain in both my hands along with some tingling that seems to be in my palms and fingers. These sensations come and go and range in severity. It has been 2 days. I do not see any bumps or sores on my hands as of yet.

Could I have been exposed to HSV or some other STD? I don’t see what else could be causing my hands to hurt and feel this way.

Also, I gave a handjob to another person the next day as well. Could I have transmitted something to that person if my hands were recently infected?

I’m terrified of catching something and I thought handjobs would be a safe alternative to more riskier endeavors.

Thank you for your time.
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
19 months ago
Hand jobs ARE a safe alternative, you are exactly right.  And herpes doesn't feel like grains of sand but genital warts do.  But neither would cause your hands to hurt.  And nothing would shop up that quickly.  I'm not sure what might be going on with your hands, but getting an STI in that situation isn't what is going on.  And congrats for washing your hands right away.  Soap destroys the lipid layer of the herpes virus, if present, which I doubt that it was, and will destroy wart virus as well.  And you are not a risk to the second person either.
I hope your hands feel better really soon.