What are the chances of STD after a back massage?

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Posted on Tue, 17 Mar 2015 in Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Question: Hi there, I have a question about STD type risks. I had a back massage a week ago. The female masseur offered full sex. I did not have sex, oral, anal or vaginal. I kept my underpants on and lay on my front. I did not touch any genital areas, or allow my genital areas to come into contact with any genital areas. The massage was fairly short. Three days later I notice a small narrow line of about 3 very small scabs, on shoulder blade area of my back. The scabs were spread out X--X--X (with X being the scabs and -- being normal skin) evenly a cross I'd estimate about 1cm. Each scab was very small probably no more than 1mm. To me it looked like they cold be scabs from a healing scratch / graze. I don't know whether it was caused by the massage. I do remember feeling occasions during the massage where her fingernails pressed on my back during the massage, albeit I did not feel them causing a cut, or feel bleeding or notice that they were especially sharp. Nonetheless, I am worried though that she may have had fingernails that had dried blood on them, possibly from a previous client, which had got into my system. To counter this though, I'm also aware that my young daughter did scratch my back in the swimming pool 1 day before I noticed the scratch, and it made wince and was in the shoulder area. I think that may have been the more likely cause of the mark on my back, but I didn't check my back at the time . Anyway, now I'm very anxious as I feel I can't seem to eliminate in my mind that possibility that the scratch on my back was caused by the massage and that as a result I have picked up an STD, especially something like Hep C which I know can be transmitted through dry blood. Any advice which will help relieve my anxiety especially getting an idea of the probabilities I'm facing for an infection would be useful. I feel I will have to get tested but it's the wait and thinking about this until then and that is causing me anxiety.
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Answered by Dr. Bharatesh Devendra Basti 31 minutes later
Brief Answer:
STDs and hepatitis C transmission unlikely.

Detailed Answer:
Hi XXXXXXX
Thank you for query. I am Dr Bharatesh D Basti answering your query.
Welcome to health care magic.
I have gone through the details.

I can make out your anxiety.
Usually STDs are not transmitted by massage except for diseases like herpes simplex(HSV).HSV transmission is higher, if there are active lesions .If she had active lesions it would not have missed by you.So unlikely for herpes. Other STDs including HIV are not transmitted by massage.
Hepatitis C too is not transmitted by massage.

Firstly she may be negative for STDs.
She would not have had active bleeding or open wound in hand .
Yes it us true.Dried blood can be infectious atleast for up to 16 hours.
She may not have dried blood in her hands or nails.
Also there needs to be a portal of entry for HCV.Skin is an effective barrier.So cannot be transmitted.
Moreover you did not have any open wound or ulcers at the time of contact.

I do not see any possibilities of transmission of stds or hepatitis C.
You can allay fears.
You can get back for any clarification.
Thank you
Dr Bharatesh D Basti
Dermatologist and venerologist
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Bharatesh Devendra Basti 15 minutes later
Thank you Dr Basti, that is reassuring. And to confirm my understanding, the possibility of a transmission of HCV to me, from dried blood on the fingernails of the masseur (hers or other clients of hers) through her cutting / grazing my skin during the massage is remote?

Kind regards, XXXXXXX
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Answered by Dr. Bharatesh Devendra Basti 12 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Wish you good health.

Detailed Answer:
Hi XXXXXXX
Thank you for wishes.

It is definitely remote and nothing to worry about.

Wish you good health.
You can get back for any clarification else please close the discussion and rate.

Thank you
Dr Bharatesh D Basti
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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