Anonymous
Hi.

So i recently went to an adult establishment that offers naked bodyslide massage and hand relief.

I engaged in receiving a naked handjob and rubbed my penis on her breasts to assist in stimulation.

As i understand it, these activities are NOT in any way a concern for hiv transmission, even if the woman had cuts on her hands ( in not aware if she did or not).

However, I did feel something sharp in the shower. I am worried this may have been a needle as the room was dimly lit.

A few hours later when i got home i checked my foot. I couldn't see any cuts however next to my toenail on the right side (imagine the nail as a square) it was very very red deep in between the nail and toe skin. There is also some peeling skin.

could this indicate a sharps injury? I apologise that it sounds irrational, as it very well could have been a sharp tile in the shower.

Im fairly certain my sexual activities were entirely safe and do not warrant testing at all. But in worried about a potential needle in the shower.

thanks for you help
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Anonymous
Hi there,

Thanks for contacting AIDS Vancouver for HIV/AIDS-related information.

You are correct that your sexual activities did not place you at risk for transmission, as the virus needs direct access to your bloodstream for there to be a possibility. As for the possible needle injury, well of course I cannot say for sure what it was, since I was not with you. But when we are talking needles, we are talking about hypodermic needles, so we can probably safely assume that one would notice a big needle jabbing their toe.

Also note that whatever it was, a prick isn't what's giving access to the bloodstream. You'd need a big stab wound or to be sharing needles with someone for there to be that possibility. The redness on your toe could be a lot of things. I'm sorry I can't be of more help, but it might make you feel better to note that it is exceedingly rare for people to be infected from needle injuries outside of the health care setting. However, lots of people write to us with these kinds of concerns and I tell them the same thing.

So keep an eye on your toe and mention it to your doctor if you see them. It's always possible to pick up some other pesky (but likely harmless) infection from the wet floors of a shower. Next time you go, consider bringing sandals.

I hope I've been of help. Write back if you have any further questions.

Best

Maggie

AIDS Vancouver Volunteer
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