Hoping you can please offer me some advice. I went to an erotic massage venue in Sydney, Australia earlier today. I received a massage in which myself and the lady were both nude. There was no genital-to-genital contact but there was hand relief and she did touch my penis frequently throughout the massage. After the massage, I realised that the lady has eczema. She said that this was the reason for the red marks on the inside joints of her arms (ie adjacent to the elbows) and her legs. I started thinking about it after leaving the massage place. I'm wondering that if she had eczema on her hands and fingers that could have been bleeding, would there be a risk of her blood getting into my penis through the mucous membrane and the tip of the penis? I know she touched both quite a bit as a means of teasing during the massage. I understand that blood can travel through the mucus membrane layer and possibly the skin at the tip of the penis. If it makes a difference, I am not circumcised. I’m concerned that I could have put myself at risk of HIV. I don’t know much about eczema and not sure if it’s common for it to be bleeding etc. To be honest, I'm not sure she had eczema on her hands, but since it was definitely on her arms, I'm a bit worried. Thanks for your help.
Dear Doctor Cummings
Thanks very much for your response and reassurance. Would you please mind explaining why this would be no risk if her blood came into contact with the head of my penis or the mucus membrane in the same area? I'm assuming this has to do with the amount of blood and the presence of air? I was under the impression that HIV could pass through mucus membrane.
You are of course correct to say that infected blood in significant quantity against a mucous membrane might cause a breach in the body defence system and allow infection with HIV.
But, in this case you seem to have rather fearfully added in the speculative element of her bleeding via her eczema and then passing this across to you. There doesn't seem to be any evidence - just your dread.
In any event, the amount of blood seems to be absolutely miniscule and so in my mind certainly not a risk.
Thanks for the response and reassurance, Dr Cummings - I really do appreciate it. You're right - I think it's my mind fearing the worst and eczema would not exactly be gushing blood without me realising it.
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