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What precaution to be taken before visiting massage parlours? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 08-Jun-2013
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Very Good Posted in: Sexually Transmitted Diseases
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Doctor:How can I help you?
User:happy new year
User:I am planning to visit thailand with my friends
Doctor:Thank you and wish you the same.
Doctor:Proceed with your query.
User:what precautions do i need to take to avoid any possible kind of infection from "massage parlours" there.
Doctor:I believe you are concerned about sexually transmitted diseases.
Doctor:A few precautions which I would suggest are
Doctor:1. Only visit a certified parlour.
User:i understand the risk hence i donot want to indulge in any penetrative sex
Doctor:2. Any illegal parlours are riskier.
Doctor:3. Avoid any sexual encounters if possible. However strict to safe sex (use of condoms) at all times (if needed)
Doctor:4. Avoid any multiple partner encounters
Doctor:5. As chances of sexually transmitted diseases are varied, it would be better to known the status of the masseur/partner.
Doctor:Apart from this, there are no other special prevention protocols - as the risk and chances of infection is unknown.
Doctor:Have you followed?
User:I understand the risks so as i said earlier i donot intend to indulge in any penetrative sex
User:hence my concern is more about infections spread through contact.
User:specifically by massage.
Doctor:I would answer this query in a single line.
Doctor:If the masseur doesn't have any active lesions, the chances that you would get any kind of infection through touch or contact is very negligible.
Doctor:As a doctor, I would be concerned if there was any kind of exposure to body fluids - as in any form of sexual exposures.
Doctor:Therefore if your intention is restricted only to physical bodily contact without exposure to any body fluids - semen, vaginal fluid, saliva and so on,
User:would you include mutual masturbation in this?
Doctor:you should be safe.
Doctor:If there are no active skin lesions, mutual masturbation are fine.
User:ok 1 last thing
Doctor:If the opposite person has body lesions, then there are possibilities that they could be related to herpes or moluscum and even HPV
Doctor:they can spread by physical contact.
User:we may have small cuts or torn skin on body and may not be aware of it. like i have habit of peeling skin near my finger nails.
Doctor: I would be able to explain this better over a phone call. Can I call you and discuss about it?
Doctor:If it is ok, can you confirm your phone number?
User:sure 0000
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