Anonymous
I went to a massage parlor, I am a gay guy 25 years old.
When I had a massage, the masseur tries to insert the massage oil bottle inside my anus but it just touch the opening.
1. What is my risk of contracting HIV from massage oil bottle. I dont know if its contaminated.
2. Could I be infected with HIV from wet surfaces like the sperm from previous costumers etc.
3. Could I be infected if I have skin rash and the masseur massage it?
4. Do I need testing from these exposures?
thank you
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Anonymous
Hi there and thank-you for using the AIDS Vancouver Helpline as your resource for HIV/AIDS related information.  Following are the answers to your 4 questions:
1) For a risk of infection to exist, specific HIV+ fluids must come into direct contact with the blood of an HIV- person.  The body fluids containing enough HIV to pass the virus are blood, semen, pre-cum, vaginal/rectal fluids and breast milk.  Additionally, HIV is an extremely weak virus and does not live once exposed to air.  Therefore, there is no risk of contracting HIV by the massage oil bottle touching the opening of your anus. HIV cannot be passed from inanimate objects to you (this includes bathrooms, kitchenware etc).
2) As stated above, HIV is an extremely weak virus and does not live once exposed to air so, no, you cannot become infected from wet surfaces such as sperm from a previous customer. HIV requires a human host to survive and also needs direct access to your blood stream. Your skin is a strong enough barrier to prevent HIV+ fluids from entering your blood stream.
3) Again, the masseur massaging any part of your body, including a rash, presents no risk for the same reasons as stated previously. A rash does not allow for direct access to your blood stream.
4) Although the activities you describe do not present a risk for infection, and if you have never been tested, we highly recommend you do so.  In the past year, the highest rate of HIV infection in BC was in men who have sex with men.  The following link will provide you with a number of testing sites: http://www.aidsvancouver.org/get-informed/testing
In addition to HIV testing, we also recommend testing for other Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI's).  Many STI's, such as Syphilis, Gonorrhea, HPV and many others,  are much stronger than HIV and are much easier to acquire. 
I trust I have addressed your concerns, however if you require any further information, please feel free to contact us again.
Stay safe and healthy!
Jon,AIDS Vancouver Helpline Volunteere: helpline@aidsvancouver.org  p: (Mon-Fri 9-4pm): (604) 696-4666w: http://www.aidsvancouver.org/helpline
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