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Answers to sex worries

A worried Filipino is confused about a lot of sex-related issues – from getting infections from mutual masturbation, to taking a dip in a Jacuzzi – and Dr. Jose Narciso Melchor Sescon provides some information about his concerns.

Dr. Jose Narciso Melchor Sescon – president of the AIDS Society of the Philippines and current Chief of Clinics of Sta. Ana Hospital – answers all your HIV-related inquiries. For all your questions, email josescon1@gmail.com or info@outragemag.com.

Hello Doc,

I came across your article titled SAFER ORAL SEX on OutrageMag.com. Your answers to one of the readers reminded me of some doubts (I had after) a few  incidents that happened to me. I have always wanted to ask an expert and now, I would like to pass the questions to you. I hope you can provide the best answers to me. These worries have been in my head for quite a long time now.

  • I am a man. Once, I helped my best friend (a man) masturbate. I touched his erect penis. Would I get infected with HIV or STD? What about if he touched mine?

No, you won’t get HIV with helping someone masturbate. For STIs, if any person has HPV lesion, then that can possibly be transmitted, especially with skin breaks. The rest of the STIs cannot be transmitted by helping someone masturbate.

  • Would I get infected if I shared the same kitchen utensils such as spoons with an HIV-infected person?

Nope.

  • Would I get infected if I used a towel that an HIV/STD-infected person had used before in a sauna?

Nope.

If one has scabies, a form of STI, yes, it can be transmitted. But other STIs can’t be transmitted by sharing towels.

  • Would I get infected if I dip myself in a bathtub or Jacuzzi that some HIV/STD-infected people used?

Nope. What you may get is fungal infection – e.g. athlete’s foot or body fungus.

Thanking you in advance for your time to read my email.

 From: A Worried Man

Fondly called Jojo, Jose Narciso Melchor Sescon is a medical doctor with specialization in obstetrics and gynecology. Spending much of his time in public health services with focus on HIV and AIDS, STI, and sexual and reproductive health, Jojo wears multiple hats, blending public health advocacy and clinical-cum-administrative work. For 12 years, he served as the Executive Director of Remedios AIDS Foundation, the pioneering AIDS service organization in the Philippines. Then in 2008, he assumed the presidency of the AIDS Society of the Philippines, which he still heads now. Jojo is also the current Chief of Clinics of Sta. Ana Hospital, and has held regional and local consultancy works for development agencies. Jojo is a self-confessed lacto-vegetarian, a raja yoga meditation practitioner, and a health/wellness buff. He also loves to share his thoughts and reflections based on learned skills/competencies and experiences. This soft-spoken soul loves taking on new initiatives/roles, and loves to talk with people about spirituality and good health.

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