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HIV and hotel


Hello, dear Experts. I am writing here for your reassurance mostly as I think there was not potential risk, but still. My kid and I arrived to the hotel. He was on the bed and after he played on it a little, I only then noticed large yellow stains which I assume was urine. It smelled like it too. It was yellow with brown ring around it. Fairly large. I guess housekeeping did not change the sheets after last guests, jut tucked everything in. I have no idea when the room was used before us. My child was on those sheets in shirts, and he usually often touches his face, eyes. He also slept a little on that bed. I THINK there is no risk from such exposure from HIV and Hep C etc, but can you please reassure me that is the case.

What is urine had blood in it?

I kinda kicking myself for not checking the bed before I let my little guy to use it and lie in it almost naked. Thank you.


Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about the risk of acquiring HIV or HCV infection from unclean sheets; possibly stained by urine. From the information given, this scenario is determined to be No Risk(transmission of HIV is not possible in the given scenario)

Contact with urine or feces or sharing linens, towels or clothing counts as no risk as no exchange of body fluids took place. HIV drying out on a surface causes a 90-99% concentration depletion over several hours. Quote from CDC states: "HIV does not survive long outside the human body (such as on surfaces), and it cannot reproduce outside a human host.

Recommendation: No need for HIV test with the scenario provided, refer to a physician for other health related questions.

Regards, AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, (Vardah)