« Go Back

Masturbation in the public toilet

Question: 

Hi, my question is this: I have been masturbating in the public toilet. My penis was slightly irritated (a little bit red, but no blood and no pain). What if during masturbation a did small cuts and those cuts could HIV get into the bloodstream. And what if when I opened the door I got some infected fluids on my hands. What is the risk?

Answer: 

Hello,

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about the risk of HIV transmission through masturbation in a public restroom. From the information given, the scenario is determined to be No Risk (Transmission of HIV is not possible in the given scenario).

The scenario mentioned above does not meet the three components of the Transmission Equation. It does not satisfy the equation as there was no exchange of bodily fluid in a closed environment. Once HIV has been exposed to oxygen, it is considered inactive and can no longer reproduce outside of a human host [1].

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

Regards, AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, Carson