erotic massage and hand job risk

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012
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I had an erotic massage in a parlor, where the attendant was fully dressed but i was uncovered. The attendant gave me a massage with oil on the back and gluteal region and then gave me handjob, later cleaned with hot towel. Do you think I am at risk of HIV? I am deeply stressed... please help... should i get tested for HIV with this incidence?

Answer: 

Hi there,

Thank you for using the AIDS Vancouver Online Helpline as your source of HIV/AIDS related information.

You are not at any risk of acquiring HIV from the incident you have described here, and there is no need to get tested based off of this experience. However, we do recommend that all sexually active people get tested for HIV and other STIs regularly.

Hand jobs and erotic massages do not pose a risk for HIV transmission because there is no exchange of bodily fluids occuring. You would need to engage in activities (such as needle sharing or unprotected vaginal or anal sex) where HIV positive bodily fluids can directly enter your bloodstream (through the anus, vagina or urethra in the penis, for example) for there to be any possibility of HIV transmission. Simply touching the penis or the gluteal region poses no risk because the virus cannot enter through your skin. Even if there was bodily fluids on the towel or on her hands (which is doubtful) there still would not be a risk of HIV transmission because the HIV virus dies quickly when it is outside the human body and is exposed to air. Also, HIV does not discriminate against age, gender, ethnicity, occupation, etc. It is the activities (unprotected anal/vaginal intercourse or sharing needles) that pose risk of acquiring HIV.

Here is some more information on the conditions necessary for HIV transmission to be possible:
http://www.aidsvancouver.org/get-informed/faq#t185n7701

I hope this answers your question, and if you have any other questions or concerns please reply to this post.

In Health,
Allison
AIDS Vancouver Helpline Volunteer
E-mail: helpline@aidsvancouver.org
Phone (Mon-Fri 9am-4pm): (604) 696-4666
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