Q. Can I acquire HIV from getting a massage?

Answered by
Dr. Shah Sushma Kant
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Feb 10, 2023

Hello doctor,

I am concerned about sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV, after going to a massage parlor. There was no sex (oral, anal, or vaginal), and no handjob. I did not inspect her hands for cuts or sores, but I saw no blood smear. I put a t-shirt between myself and the massage table. About four weeks later, I had itching on my left leg. I had no other symptoms. The rash lasted about four weeks. It finally went away with medications. Do I need to be concerned?

Kindly help.



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Thank you for your query.

I understand your concern and reviewed your pictures (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). It is a huge rash. You have to consult a dermatologist. I suggest you to follow a few things mentioned below.

  1. Apply Betnovate and Lacto calamine lotion twice daily for 15 days.
  2. Take tablet Montuk 10 mg once at night for 7 to 10 days.
  3. Get the fourth-generation CMIA kit test done.
  4. Drink plenty of water.

I hope this has helped you. Thank you.

Hello doctor,

Why do you think it is a sexually transmitted disease?



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In massage parlors, even bed sheet napkins may cause HSV or STD.

I hope this has helped you. Thank you.

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