[Question #849] Possible STI through dildo - update questions

51 months ago

Hello,

I previously asked a question about STI transmission through a dildo I touched then masturbated and put in my mouth on two different occasions (the oral incident happened in late 2013). The question was titled “Possible STI through used dildo” if would like to look it up. I’m a male. I got tested 9 weeks after the most recent incident and came up negative on all STDS and HIV. Should that be conclusive for Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, Syphilis, and HIV? I wasn’t tested for Trich, should I go back and get tested for that as well?

 

 The reason I am asking another question is that it just dawned on me that I also put a small one to two-inch vibrator with no bigger diameter than a nickel in my anus around that time as well. This happened maybe a year or so ago as well – I cannot remember the timeframe it has not happened after I got tested this last time.

 

Was I at risk for any STI’s, HIV, or HPV with this encounter? I have been vaccinated for both Hepatitis A and B, but is there risk of transmission of Hepatitis C from the vibrator into my anus, mouth, or head of my penis? I imagine the Hepatitis C is my main concern because I haven’t been tested for it yet. I know how difficult it is to transmit in a direct sexual encounter, but I am worried because it was the toy in my anus. The toy barely penetrated my anus because it was so small

 

I have been bogged down with constant anxiety about this issue and would like to get passed it. 

Thank you.

51 months ago
To add (not sure if this counts as a follow up question, but I forgot some things - I apologize):

In regards all the incidents, I believe the dildos hadn't been used for at least 6-12 hours, all of the incidents happened in the middle of the day or at night. Therefore they hadn't been used since the night before or at the very least since that morning.

Thank you again.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
51 months ago

Welcome back to the Forum. I'm sorry that you continue to worry about the exposure(s) that you describe in both this and your prior question.  As I told you before, the events you described were no risk events for acquisition of all STIs and that remains the case. I also indicated that there was no medical or scientific reason for testing and that too remains the case.  Thus your negative tests for STIs are conclusive (verifying that they were unnecessary) and thus should be considered conclusive.  Using the same reasoning, there is no need for testing for trich either.

The answer is the same with regarding to the insertion of a second dildo into your rectum as well.  this too was a no risk event with no reason for you to worry and no reason for you to test.  This is true for hepatitis C (which is very rarely transmitted sexually) as well as other STIs that you mention.  No risk!!!

I hope that these replies will allow you to move forward without concern.  EWH


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51 months ago
Thank you for your reply - I only tested out of "needing to know" - and I assure you it wasn't because I didn't believe you. 

I have one last question - would masturbating, licking, or sniffing dirty (dry or wet) women's underwear pose any risk to acquiring HPV, HIV, or any other STI's? This is something that I am trying to put behind me as I just entered a new relationship and thought this would be an appropriate time to ask as well.

Thank you again.
51 months ago
In regards to the underwear: Hep C as well?

Thank you
Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
51 months ago

Contact with wet woman's underwear, whether licking, sniffing or masturbating with it would not be a realistic risk for HIV or any other STI except perhaps HPV and for the latter to occur (theoretically, there are no data on this) contact would need to be very soon after the underwear was taken off by the woman. 

Same is true for hepatitis C- no risk.  EWH

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51 months ago
This risk would only be with wet underwear and not dried ones? Thank you for everything - after your response you can close the discussion. 
51 months ago
The underwear wouldn't have been wore for at least a few hours (more like the night before again). Would this be ample time to dry and not transmit HPV?
Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
51 months ago

There are still questions about just how HPV is transmitted, in part because the virus is so widespread (remember, nearly all sexually active persons have or have had this widespread virus).  Large studies typically show a very small proportion of persons who may have acquired HPV without direct sexual contact.  How this occurs is hard to say so it is difficult to be 100% sure  that a VERY small proportion of HPV is not transmitted indirectly.  Having said this, I should also say that transmission of HPV through contact with an infected woman's underwear, wet or dry, would have to be incredibly rare and is not something that you have any reason to be worried about.  Clearly, the vast majority of HPV is transmitted by direct, not indirect, sexual contact.

The longer the interval since the person had worn their underwear, the less likely it would be for transmission to occur.  As I said above, I would not worry about this.

As this is my third reply to your questions, this thread will be closed in a few hours and there will be no further replies.  Take care. EWH

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