[Question #915] Do I have a risk?

52 months ago
Hi. I recently had an encounter that I would like to get advice on. I am a straight/married man and the massage guy was male too. I was on a trip and decoded to get a massage in my hotel room. The massage was great, but the massage therapist decided to kiss my forehead, chest, stomach and then the head of my penis at the end of the massage. He did not do oral or anything like that, but obviously his lips would have touched the head of my penis. (there was no other contact (He was clothed).

I am a pretty open person (i.e. Not freaked-out by male-male touching), but want to get an assessment on if I am at risk of an STD (Herpes, AIDS, etc.) as I am not very knowledgeable when it comes to stuff like this. Can I get your thoughts/advice?


Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
52 months ago
Welcome to our Forum.  The encounter you describe was an essentially no risk event for all STIs.  There are no STIs, including HIV which are transmitted by touching or kissing, no matter where the touch or kiss iccurs.  Some might argue that there is a tiny statistical chance that, IF the masseuse had oral herpes (the cold sore virus, HSV-1) he might have transmitted this to you if you do not already have the infection (about 60% of adults have this virus although most infected persons do not know it) but the odds of this happening are miniscule and this is not something that I have seen or heard of in more than 30 years of practice and study in the field.  My advice to you is to not worry at all about your massuese's kisses.  EWH
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52 months ago
Thank you Dr. Hook. I appreciate the information. Deep breath. :)
Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
52 months ago
Glad I could help.  EWH---