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Cut on scrotum may have been in contact with vaginal fluids

Question: 

Hello - I had a fresh cut on the scrotum and received a body to body massage using PH neutral massage gel. The masseuse rubbed her entire naked body up and down my back for 30 minutes and I am worried that vaginal fluid may have mixed in with the massage gel and dripped over the open cut throughout the session. There was no sexual intercourse of any kind. Should I be going to get a PEP regimen?

Answer: 

Hi there, and thanks a lot for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline for you HIV/AIDS related health information.

It sounds like you are concerned about your risk of HIV transmission after a massage with massage gel.

The situation that you have described is a No Risk situation. Here are some of the reasons why:

  • HIV is a Human-to-Human virus. It cannot be transmitted to you by an object or massage gel.

  • HIV needs a human host to survive. Once HIV is outside of the body and exposed to oxygen it can no longer transmit. Any bodily fluids mixed in with the massage gel where outside of the body, exposed to oxygen and could not transmit HIV to you.

  • HIV needs direct access to your bloodstream in order to transmit. There was no direct access to your bloodstream. Superficial cuts, such as the cut on your scrotum, simply do not provide the conditions necessary for transmission to occur. For superficial cuts to potential provide direct access to the bloodstream, they would have to be actively bleeding and in need of stitches or surgery to repair. From what I understand, this was not the case in your situation.

PEP is usually recommended by health care professionals after high risk exposures because of the harsh side effects that are experienced. It must be taken within 72 hours of the exposure. Your situation was No Risk and 72 hours has passed.

I would encourage you to check out the following resources about HIV:

Thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline.

Hilary

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online

helpline.aidsvancouver.org