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Question: 

Hi doctors, I have some enquires with regards to hiv and sex diseases. I had went for a tcm massage and am i at risk to have hiv and or any other sex diseases if:

1) the massager massage hardly the area in between my penis and tights and there were minor abrasion developed after more than 10 minutes I reached home.
2) the massager uses a towel to cover the top of my penis area and the towel is being placed at a position that my penis urethra can touch the towel easily
3) the massager uses a towel with dry or fresh blood to cover the top of my penis area and the towel is being placed at a position that my penis urethra can touch the towel easily

Thank you

Answer: 

Hi there and thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Online Helpline.

There is no risk of HIV from receiving the type of massage you described. If there had been blood on the towel that was used this would not pose a risk of HIV because when HIV in bodily fluids is exposed to air it becomes non-transmissible. There would also be no risk from the massager touching the area around your penis, even if there were cuts in the area. HIV is not transmitted through skin to skin contact.

For more information about HIV you can always visit the AIDS Vancouver website or CATIE.ca.

I hope this information helps to answer your questions.

Isla (Volunteer)

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