Anonymous
Hello,
One month ago I have been to massage parlour. The Massuer gave me massage and Handjob. She used a Lube ( may be KY jelly) for the handjob. I am afraid if the Lube had some infections.
I am not having fever but since then my apetite has gone low , I am having small ulcers in my mouth which come and go.
Though she was naked but there was no rubbing or anything as far as I remember, I strictly did not Kiss her , no ( oral / Vaginal / Anal )sex at all. I hugged her while leaving and might have touched her.
I dont know her HIV status.
I felt that I had fever but when I checked in thermometer it was just 99.3.

I am afraid if the Lube had been used for multiple people and infects me with virus.

I have been paranoid and called up various helpline like CDC, aids foundation houston and thebody.com blogs but everyone told me I was not at risks.

Are the differences in my health just because of observations? Is this stigma causing mental issues to me

-Merill.
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Anonymous
Hi there,

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

The information you have read is correct. You did not place yourself at great risk for HIV transmission.

Let me explain why: For HIV transmission to occur, body fluids (blood, semen, anal/vaginal fluids), plus a high risk activity (unprotected anal/vaginal intercourse, needle sharing), plus direct access to your bloodstream (i.e. through the vagina, urethra in the penis, other mucosal membranes, needle sharing) equals a risk of HIV transmission.

So let's look at your situation. Massage and handjobs are not considered high risk activities because they do not involve body fluids entering your bloodstream, and HIV is not transmitted through skin to skin contact. Casual contact like hugging, shaking hands, holding hands are also activities that do not place you at risk of transmission.

As for your question about the lube, the answer is no. HIV is a virus that lives in human beings and body fluids. It cannot live outside the body, as it dies within 60 seconds of exposure to oxygen. So you can trust that objects or surfaces will not place you at risk of HIV transmission.

As I am sure others have told you, the symptoms you've described are not specific to HIV. If you continue to feel unwell, please visit a doctor to rule out other conditions. You are absolutely right that HIV is a stigmatized condition, and as such, it makes people apprehensive.

I trust that I've answered your question; however, if there are others, please don't hesitate to ask.

All the best,

Maggie

AIDS Vancouver Volunteer

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