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Herpes from Bathouse? High or Low Risk Activity?

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.  


Symptoms:
1) sore throat,  about two days after my exposure,  I could not stop coughing.  The mucus accumulated in my throat was yellow.  
2) Just today, 7 days after,  I noticed a mild red rash on the base of my penis.  It doesn’t hurt but it does itch from time to time.  


Questions:
All week I have been paranoid and over analyzing every itch. Here are my 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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You had no risk of getting genital herpes of either type (1 or 2) if no one performed oral sex on you, or you didn't have any kind of genital to genital contact with either man.

You could get oral hsv1 from kissing. Do you know if you have that already? 90% of those that have it never get any symptoms, so testing is the only way to know, and most STD testing doesn't include herpes blood testing.

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

None.

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

This hasn't been studied on the body. It's not ever meant to be used on the mouth or genitals, and I wouldn't be a bit surprised if this caused your sore throat and cough. If you still have that, you need to be seen by a doctor.

3) Can herpes be transmitted through water?

No, but I'm confused as to what water you were exposed to? Well, I mean, if you had sex in a pool, you could get herpes if your partner has it, but if you mean you get in a hot tub with someone who has herpes, but sit on the other side of the tub from them, you won't get it.

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

No risk. I'm including links at the bottom to explain why.

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)

The only skin to skin you had was mouth to mouth, so there is a possibility of getting oral herpes type 1, if you don't already have it. When we talk about skin to skin contact in regards to herpes, we mean mouth to mouth, mouth to genital, genital to genital, anal to genital. You didn't have any of that. People with herpes are only infectious from the location of their infection. If they have genital herpes, they are only infectious from their genitals, not their hands, their arms, their eyes, etc.

Why mutual masturbation (hand jobs) is never a risk:

Here are some posts from our experts (when we had them) that may help -

https://www.medhelp.org/posts/STDs/Nervous-about-mutual-masturbation/show/2183476

https://www.medhelp.org/posts/STDs/Mutual-Masturbation-STD/show/1968429

https://www.medhelp.org/posts/STDs/mutual-masturbation-sti/show/1858544

https://www.medhelp.org/posts/STDs/Understanding-the-risks-of-mutual-fingering/show/1516796

https://www.medhelp.org/posts/HIV---Prevention/Vaginal-fluid-on-hand-touched-inside-of-condom-and-head-of-penis/show/1119533 - read this thread thoroughly. There is an excellent explanation about why certain activities are not risks, and why others are.

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Thank you very much for your reply.  After reading all the links you provided,  I do feel a lot better.  

The water I’m referring (q3) refer to the pool I had my sexual encounter in.  The whole event took place in and out of the bathhouse pool.

Also,  for q5,  I meant theoretically, and just out of curiosity,  had I rubbed genitals ( penis to penis) with someone who was shedding/ had an outbreak,  what are the chances for transmission?
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