Anonymous
Today i visited a massage spa. i opted for a full body massage, during the massage i was naked and the massage lady is fully clothed. I had several cut on my body and i forget to check whether she had a cut in her hands or not. How about she had a cut in her hands and her blood come in contact with my body (i have a cut in my body). The massage ended with a hand job. Assume she is hiv positive, am i at risk of hiv or other std ? I am really afraid.
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Anonymous
Hello and thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline.

We are happy to help answer your questions. In terms of acquiring HIV, this can be considered a no-risk exposure:

* body fluids (blood from other person's cuts) present in the environment are exposed to the air and cannot transmit HIV

* small cuts (on your body), that do not require professional medical treatment (e.g. stitches) to heal, are not known to provide direct access to the bloodstream

* there is no high-risk activity (e.g. unprotected sexual intercourse) involved in your exposure.


Similarly, receiving a hand-job (a.k.a. non-insertive masturbation) is a sexual activity that is considered no-risk for acquiring HIV since, there is *no exchange of bodily fluids involved in that activity* whatsoever.

HIV transmission is *[different](http://helpline.aidsvancouver.org/question/risk-assessment-chart)* from the transmission of other STIs; for information on the transmission of other STIs click [here](http://smartsexresource.com/sites/default/files/Smartsex_SUPERCHART_2014_v2.png).


An HIV test is not required for this exposure alone, but it sounds like you are sexually active so you may consider being tested for all STIs, including HIV, annually to maintain overall health. Although HIV cannot be acquired from this exposure, the transmission of an untreated STI can lead to a greater likelihood of acquiring HIV in the future. We trust we have answered your questions and thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline.


Sincerely,

Marta

AIDS Vancouver Volunteer

AIDS Vancouver Online Helpline

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