Anonymous
I went for a massage in London, presuming that the parlour was safe and did no seedy activities. Here is what happened:

1. I received a normal massage for 30 minutes. For the next 15 minutes, it was very suggestive with the masseuse's hand 'straying'. I was asked to turn around.

2. The masseuse asks me to turn over and massaging my thighs, suddenly starts rubbing my genitals. I was taken aback and protested. The masseuse continued, haggling for the price I was willing to pay for a happy ending. The whole thing lasted for about 10-15 seconds. I strongly refused everything but I think I had some pre-ejaculation. I did not have an erection and she did not rub my penis.

My questions are:

A) Do I have a risk of HIV infection?b) I developed a burning sensation in my urethra/tip of the penis after 2 days. Could this be a result of what happened in the parlour?

C) Can STD symptoms start showing up in 2 days or am I just freaking out?



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Anonymous
Hello and thank you for using AIDS Vancouver as your primary source of information about HIV/AIDS issues.

A. In the situation you have described, there is no risk for contracting HIV and an HIV test is not required. HIV dies upon exposure to air, and cannot live on the surface of objects, such a massage bed or table. Additionally, for a risk to exist, specific HIV positive fluids (e.g. vaginal/anal fluids, blood, semen) must directly access the bloodstream of an HIV negative person, using an airtight host (e.g. the barrel of a needle that is being shared, unprotected sexual intercourse).

B. The burning sensation in your urethra may be related to other health concerns. I encourage you to discuss this with your physician. Your physician will be best equipped to tell you whether the irritation of your urethra is a result of what happened in the massage parlour.

C. It is indeed possible for STI symptoms to occur 2 days post exposure.
It is recommended that all sexually active individuals be tested for all STIs, including HIV, on a regular basis as part of their routine health management regime.

I trust that I have answered your question sufficiently. Should you have further inquiries, please feel free to contact us again or visit our website http://www.aidsvancouver.org for more information.

Sincerely,

Marta

AIDS Vancouver Volunteer
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