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Went to a shady looking massage/wellness parlor. I looked up reviews afterwards and this massage parlor is very dirty and almost exclusively known for sexual acts per the reviews. I didn't do anything sexual with the masseuse lady. No handjob, sex, or whatever happens at these places.

I had a massage. I am worried about exposure and contamination.

Can I get HIV from having my penis/urethra opening touching a dirty massage table surface if say the table had a bunch of hiv positive fluids from the patron immediately Precedinf my visit? I was face down for the majority of the massage with my penis pressed into the table after she adjusted underwear to massage buttocks area. I am worried my urethrea opening could have taken in fluid especially when moving around on the table.

Also, what if the masseuse didn't wash her hands and used bottles of lotion and oil contaminated with hiv positive and or some other std? Am I at risk?

Lastly, the towels she used for the massage, specifically when using her elbows scare me. I worry they were never washed or just used seconds prior to clean up some HIV positive person. Am I at risk?

I have this big fear that I am at risk for hiv from my visit to this hole in the wall wellness massage place.

Please help, I am freaking out and i won't even consider touching my wife because I am worried i could transmit to her. Am I at risk? Do I need to get a test?

Thanks to all
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Anonymous
Hi there,
thanks for contacting the AIDS Vancouver helpline with your HIV related questions and concerns. We're happy to help!

I'm happy to let you know that this situation is No Risk for HIV transmission.

The main reason is that HIV is a delicate virus that cannot survive outside of the human body. What this means is that once any bodily fluids are outside of the body, the virus becomes damaged and inactivated and can no longer be passed on. This eliminates any risk associated with the table, the bottles of lotion/oil, the towels, or her hands.

This transmission equation may help:

HIV TRANSMISSION EQUATION


BODY FLUID
+
ACTIVITY
+
DIRECT ACCESS TO BLOODSTREAM
---------- -------- ----------------------------
• blood (including menstrual) • unprotected anal or vaginal intercourse • vagina
• semen • sharing needles • anus
• pre-cum • mother to child (in specific cases) • urethra in the penis
• rectal secretions • open cuts and sores (in theory)
• vaginal fluids • other mucosal membranes
• breast milk • points of needle injection
And also this website: http://www.avert.org/hiv-transmission-prevention/how-you-get-hiv

I hope this helped!

Sincerely,

Christina

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