[Question #6426] Requesting confirmation

14 months ago
I had a massage a few days back and ended up fingering the masseuse’s vagina extensively for several minutes and received a handjob from the masseuse. I had a tiny area of skin peeling on the palmar surface on tip of middle finger about 2 mm x 1 mm in size. Probably a fraction of a mm deep.. I think I got it the day before when opening a container. I never actually saw any bleeding since getting it nor had any stinging sensation when fingering the masseuse or using hand sanitizer, which makes me think it doesn’t even count as a nick, rather just a peeling layer of skin. 

I feel silly even batting an eye about this and this may be silly to ask compared to my previous question.  I am of an advanced medical background too. But just want to confirm that nothing has changed with respect to expert consensus with mutual masturbation and specifically HIV, irrespective a common abrasions and such on the hands. Dr. Hook said in a post a few years back that it is “unequivocally no risk” with respect to fingering with small cuts. Would this still apply? I am assuming the scientific understanding has not changed and I need not worry or need testing based on this encounter. But just wanted to make sure! Thank you.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
14 months ago

Welcome to the Forum  Thanks for your question.  We do understand how, after the fact, doubts can arise and there is a desire for reassurance.  That is just what I can provide you with confidence.  Even if your partner had HIV, mutual masturbation is a no risk activity.  The abrasion you describe on your palm does not change this.  The epidermis of the skin of the palms of the hand is particularly thick and resistant to penetration by infections of all sorts.

There is no need for concern related to the activities that you describe, no reason for testing, and no reason related to this activity to abstain from unprotected sex with your regular partner.  EWH

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