Anonymous
Hi Helpline,

Thanks for the work you do.

I was in Russia about 10 weeks ago and had a sexual massage with a sex worker.

During massage, the masseuse sat on my penis (did not wear a condom) and slid up and down 3-4 times (I would assume this is docking) - without any penetration. At the time, I did not think much about it, but having had a small cut to the backside of my penis head a few months before, I am beginning to become a bit worried.

I have not experienced any symptoms. However, I had a few ingrown zits over the past week, which I have never had before and my skin is itching a bit now. Cannot see these as symptoms anywhere, but my paranoia is on full alert.

Looking forward to hearing back, thanks.
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Anonymous
Hello,

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about the risk involved in your non-penetrative sexual encounter.

Genital docking/rubbing are considered to be activities of negligible risk (There are no evidence or no documented cases of transmission). This is due to the theoretical possibility of transmission with an extremely low probability. Oxygen exposure to HIV outside of the body or on surfaces causes the virus to have an extreme reduction in concentration, essentially rendering the virus inactive (1).

Although you described a superficial cut located on the backside of your penis (a few months prior to the act), it does not sound as though there was a presence of blood involved in this scenario. For this reason, this scenario does not satisfy our HIV risk transmission equation because there was no direct access to your bloodstream (2).

Please refer to a Physician for more personalized answers.

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