I had a hand massage, but I am unsure if my female partner washed her hands or had pores on her hands. What are my chances of developing STDs?
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Q. What are the chances of getting STDs after a hand massage?

Answered by  
Dr. Rakesh Kumar Bahunuthula
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Education: MD DVL., DNB DVL

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Dr. Rakesh Kumar Bahunuthula is a well-experienced Cosmetologist with 11 years of clinical experience. He completed his MD DVL from the National Board of Examinations in 2012. He then completed his... 

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This is a premium question & answer published on Jun 07, 2023 and last reviewed on: Oct 24, 2023
Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

What are the chances of getting STDs(Sexually Transmitted Diseases) like chlamydia, gonorrhoea, trichomoniasis, herpes, or HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) on getting massages with oil over the penis from the female partner? I would also mention it was a hand massage and no fluid exchange occurs. As I am worried because I do not know if she have washed her hands or had open pores on her hands. But I have no pains while peeing but my penis feels a little warm. I have been paranoid. Please help.

Thank you.

Answered by  Dr. Rakesh Kumar Bahunuthula


Welcome to icliniq.com.

I understand your anxiety. As you have informed there was no penetration or no oral sex involved and only a hand massage was witnessed. So, the risk for HIV in your case is zero. And I think you do not need to worry about HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) and no tests are required. However, there is a chance of transmission of herpes or warts in your case if your partner had similar active lesions on the hands, however, this is also a rare possibility. But I suggest you not to get more distressed and keep on thinking about it, instead get yourself tested with HBsAg (hepatitis B surface antigen), anti-HCV (hepatitis C virus), and VDRL (venereal disease research laboratory) test four weeks after the experience.

Thank you.

Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

I want to know, how rare is the possibility to get herpes or warts in such cases. Please answer.

Thank you.

Answered by  Dr. Rakesh Kumar Bahunuthula


Welcome back to icliniq.com.

There is no definite data regarding or exact percentage risk for transmission of these diseases post-contact. However, it initially requires the partner to get similar lesions over the sites of contact. And on talking about herpes, It is generally very infectious, and within 3 to 5 days post-exposure, most patients do develop blisters due to its transmission. As in your case, a week has already passed and you have no lesions so the chances of herpes are also nil. But for warts, the incubation period is variable. I will advise you to always use a condom for any such future exposures.

Thank you.

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