Anonymous
Hi, I had a massage just over 12 weeks ago where the person rubbed in between my ass checks. I have had my 12 week test which was negative which i know is conclusive. However i did a rapid test overseas at 4 and 6 weeks in Europe and was wondering if it was possible if i contracted the disease from those tests. Both were done in private sti centers. I also received a massage about 8 and a bit weeks ago where i had a small wound from a pimple on my back. Is this a risk for hiv? Right now I have severe flu and i know it states that ARS symptoms can take up to 6 weeks to appear and is sometimes described as the worst flu ever. Am I at any risk from the second massage or by doing the other tests? Sorry if it didn't make complete sense!
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Anonymous
Hi there,

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

The short answer? Nope, not at risk. Period.

Let me explain why: For HIV transmission to occur, body fluids (i.e blood, semen, vaginal fluids) need direct access to your bloodstream. This is why activities like unprotected vaginal/anal (as in inside your ass, not outside) sex and sharing injection needles places people at risk.

So, massage places you at NO risk because there is no fluid exchange or the activities above. HIV is not transmitted through skin to skin contact. And no, your tests do not place you at risk because you cannot give HIV to yourself. Private STI centres follow protocol, and they likely pulled blood from you rather than injecting you. In both cases, I would definitely not be concerned. Massage is perfectly safe.

As for your pimple, definitely not. We get pimples all over our bodies, and they are not an indication of someone's HIV status. Please note that the symptoms you are describing would not be AIDS-related (those are things like opportunistic infections like pneumonia or giant cancerous lesions)- they would be HIV-related. So, while some people do experience flu-like symptoms within 2-6 weeks of becoming HIV positive, in your case, just sounds like a nasty flu.

In the meantime, do take care of yourself and visit a physician to determine the cause of your illness. The best medicine may just be rest, fluids and healthy foods.

If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to ask.

All the best

Maggie

AIDS Vancouver Volunteer
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