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Infection or HIV during D&C

Question: 

I had a D&C. However prior to D&C i had to do a pregnancy test and used hospital toilet paper to wipe myself. If toilet paper had some sort of HIV infected urine or feacal matter on it from another person and got on my vagina could this be spread to my vagina cervix and or uterus made during the D&C? I know a D&C involves cutting and scraping so I wanted to know whether this is possible.

Answer: 

Hello,

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about the risk of acquiring HIV from using toilet paper before D&C procedure. From the information given, this scenario is determined to be No Risk. Transmission of HIV is not possible with the given scenario. (No exchange of bodily fluids)

HIV does not survive long outside the human body (such as on surfaces), and it cannot reproduce outside a human host. It is not spread by: mosquitoes, or other insects, saliva, tears, or sweat that is not mixed with the blood of an HIV-positive person, hugging, shaking hands, sharing toilets, contact with feces or urine, sharing dishes, food, coughing or sneezing. The above scenario is considered a No Risk for HIV transmission as there was no evidence of presence of feces/urine mixed with HIV infected blood on toilet paper coming in contact with broken/open skin as you used the toilet before the procedure your skin was intact thereby not serving as a source for HIV infection.

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)