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Probably a silly question, but should I be concerned?


I know this probanly sounds crazy, but anxiety is a busy thing... I've been staying in a bed and breakfast for the last few days that gets cleaned daily. I use a menstrual cup for my period. I have a small bottle of soap from home that I use to wash it with.

Before I removed and washed it this morning, I washed my hands. At one point, I touched the part of the bottle of soap that was touching the sink surface, and then touched my cup as I was washing it with soap and water. Once it was clean, I reinserted it.

The sink looked very clean. But IF there was HIV on the sink, what are the odds that I am at risk of contracting it? Thank you in advance!


Hi there,

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about the possibility of HIV transmission through soap that had theoretically come into contact with HIV positive fluids.

From the information given, this scenario is determined to be of No Risk (transmission of HIV is not possible in the given scenario). This scenario is determined to be No Risk because dry or drying HIV positive fluids that are exposed to the environment undergo a rapid reduction of concentration, and are quickly rendered inactive. According to the CDC, "HIV does not survive long outside the human body (such as on surfaces), and it cannot reproduce outside a human host" (1).

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

All the best,

AIDS Vancouver Online/Helpline, Cody