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Are there health risks associated with engaging in physical contact during a massage session?


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Published At December 21, 2023
Reviewed AtJanuary 18, 2024

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I recently had a massage experience. During the session, the masseuse and I engaged in physical contact that included cuddling, light touching, and a shared shower. I inserted my finger in her vagina for a few seconds. I did have a moment of concern when I realized that she was menstruating. However, it is important to note that there was no sexual intercourse, oral activities, or deep kissing involved. My primary question is whether there are any health risks or concerns that I should be aware of in this situation. Your advice would be greatly appreciated. Kindly help.

Thank you.


Welcome to icliniq.com.

I can understand your concern.

The chances of HIV transmission in the described situation seem to be extremely low, given the limited nature of the acts described. However, it is important to note that certain sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), such as herpes simplex virus, can be transmitted through skin-to-skin contact, kissing, or close physical contact.

I hope this helps. Feel free to contact me if you have any further queries.

Thank you.

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

Thank you for your reply.


Welcome back to icliniq.com.

I wish you safe and good health.

Thank you.

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