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Sick from oil massage?

Oct 10, 2007

Hi Dr. Bob, I just came across your website and I gotta say it's awesome. To get right to my question. I was diagnosed with an infection in my urethra, probably from an oil massage i received at a massge parlor. I was tested negative for HIV, and i was wondering if I'm at risk for any other conditions. I'm waiting on my chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphillis results. My genitals are itching, but I've had itches way before I've ever had any sexual activity. Am I at risk for herpes too? My doctor says I shouldn't really worry about herpes. I'm freakin out, cuz i'm itching. I'm taking antibiotics for a week, should that take care of the urethra infection? Please let me know so I can have peace of mind. Thank you!

Response from Dr. Frascino


A urethral infection for an oil massage would be extremely unlikely. I'm willing to bet all your cultures will be negative. Chances are you merely have some inflammation from your rub-and-tug experience.

Antibiotics would help bacterial infections.

I agree with your doctor: Your chance of contracting herpes this way is negligible at best. You state you've "had itches way before (you) ever had any sexual activity." So why are you so worried about your itch now? If the itching persists, see a dermatologist.

I see no reason for worry, let alone freaking out, OK?

Dr. Bob

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