STDs from bathhouse? High or low risk activity?

  • bike123

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    May 15, 2019 11:17 PM GMT
    Exposure:
    Hello guys, I am a 24 year old gay male.
    About a week ago I went to a bathhouse where I met a couple in a pool. I made out with both men while they gave each other blowjobs in between (I never put my mouth on their penis). I also gave them handjobs while masterbating myself with the same hands. For most of the night, I consistently applied hand sanitizer on my hands, penis and mouth. I also washed my hands with water and soap every 15 minutes or so.

    Questions:

    1) What is the probability that I’ve contracted an STD, more specifically herpes?

    2) How well does hand sanitizer ( ethyl alcohol 70%) kill herpes effectively?

    3) Can herpes be transmitted through water?

    4) Based on how I described my sexual experience, would it count as a high or low risk activity?

    5) Theoretically, what would the probability of contracting herpes from direct skin-to-skin contact with someone who is shedding/ has an outbreak? (Worse case scenario)


    Thank you so much for reading. Any information or advice is appreciated.
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    May 16, 2019 4:58 AM GMT
    Questions:

    1) What is the probability that I’ve contracted an STD, more specifically herpes?

    2) How well does hand sanitizer ( ethyl alcohol 70%) kill herpes effectively?

    3) Can herpes be transmitted through water?

    4) Based on how I described my sexual experience, would it count as a high or low risk activity?

    5) Theoretically, what would the probability of contracting herpes from direct skin-to-skin contact with someone who is shedding/ has an outbreak? (Worse case scenario)

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    1. Very low to non-existent probability of contracting genital herpes, given what you have described.
    Higher possibility of contracting oral herpes, but risk depends on a few other factors.

    Did you have cold sores on your lips when you were growing up? If so, you had Type 1 herpes simplex, and have some immunity to getting Type 2 herpes simplex, which is usually (but not always) genital.

    Did they have any visible cold sores? If yes, that would increase risk of your contracting herpes on your lips or in your mouth from them. The absence of such sores does not rule it out, however, as shedding of virus can be asymptomatic.

    2. Don't know.

    3. No.

    4. Low for STDs in general; herpes simplex as above.

    5. Don't know.
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    May 16, 2019 7:08 AM GMT
    STDs From Bathhouse? High Or Low Risk Activity?

    bike123: RPearson gave a good reply, IMHO. When single I loved gay bathhouses, enjoyed a lot of activity in them, and elsewhere, and never contracted anything, never an STD in my 70 years. But then I first did my homework about the risk factors, was very safe, so for me my risk level was lower.

    Although not entirely risk-free. Sex always presents some degree of contagion threat, even if it’s just passing the common cold. Even kissing a guy when first dating carries a very slight risk, and the more you do together the greater it becomes. The same is true for straight guys with women. Gawd, the horror stories we’d hear about VD in HS sex ed classes in the 1960s. icon_eek.gif

    Yet unless you make yourself a sexual recluse, you cannot avoid some risk when dating and doing things like bathhouses. Until you become monogamous with a guy, and you both have regular checkups together that include STD bloodwork (as I do), you can never really let down your guard.

    And even then you place your health in his hands, that he doesn’t cheat and catch something behind your back, that he’ll pass on to you. And I know plenty of cases like that, some that concerned me personally.

    But then it’s true you should also wash your hands often during a flu outbreak, and avoid being too close to people with head & chest colds. It isn’t just STDs that are easily contagious, an unfortunate consequence of everyday life.

    I recommend you read up about STDs and gay sex. Lots of info online from places like the US CDC, major hospital sites, pharmaceutical companies, and other sources. You can have fun and still keep your risk low. How low you want is up to you.

    Based on your post here, I would agree with RPearson that your experience likely presented a low probability for contracting herpes (and like many people you may already have Type I). At the same time, you should educate yourself first, and not just through social media chat but from legitimate professional medical sources, before your next excursion. Rather than worry afterwards if you made any serious mistakes and needlessly exposed yourself to any diseases.
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    May 16, 2019 10:19 PM GMT
    You'll likely get an STD by soliciting non professional advice on RJ.

    Try the CDC:

    https://www.cdc.gov/std/

    You're under 40, did you get vaccinated?
  • 24hourguy

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    May 17, 2019 12:42 AM GMT
    Centers For Disease Control info on STD transmission for Gay / Bisexual men

    https://www.cdc.gov/msmhealth/STD.htm


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