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HIV semen in the shampoo


I am extremely scared of HIV blood ,semen and etc, and my roommate seems to be a gay.I am so afraid that he will do some masturbate in the bathroom we share together and put his semen into my shampoo.Yesterday I used the shampoo and some water and foam flows into my eyes.Please tell me how long could the HIV seamen be alive in the shampoo and what kind of risk I am experiencing.Thank you



Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about acquiring HIV through semen in a shampoo bottle that was then transferred into the eyes. From the information given, this scenario is determined to be No Risk (transmission of HIV is not possible in the given scenario).

HIV transmission equation states that bodily fluid containing HIV must have direct access to the bloodstream through a high risk activity.

The transmission equation is not satisfied here, meaning that HIV transmission is not possible. HIV is known to quickly become inactive when exposed to the environment (1). Therefore, if there was semen sitting in the shampoo bottle, by the time you came into contact with the fluid, the HIV would be rendered inactive at this point (1). There is no High Risk activity involved that would lead to bodily fluid having direct access to the bloodstream of the individual.

It is also important to acknowledge that the sexual orientation of an individual is not a matter of interest when looking at HIV risk; it is the activity that is evaluated for risk. Although men who have sex with men is often associated with high risk for HIV transmission, this does not automatically mean that individual is living with HIV. Please refer to this guide which addresses common myths surrounding HIV and populations for more information (2).

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


AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, Danielle