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Question: 

Thanks for answering my question of October 1 referring to the use of a detachable shower head. In the instance, my fear rested with possible semen fluids being left on the shower head from a previous user who may have masturbated in the shower by spraying his penis and penis with the shower head. You responded that there was no risk for HIV transmission and provided sound reasons and conditions which must exist for HIV transmission. I just wanted to add that in the process of wash spraying my own penis alone in the shower stall, I ejaculated. Does this change anything in terms of risky behaviour? Thanks

Answer: 

Hello,

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about your risk of HIV transmission through sharing a shower head with someone who may have previously ejaculated onto the shower head.

From the information given, this scenario is determined to be No Risk (transmission of HIV is not possible in the given scenario). Please consider the following quote from the CDC: "HIV does not survive long outside the human body (such as on surfaces), and it cannot reproduce outside a human host" (1). In this case, you are at no risk of acquiring HIV from the your encounter with the detachable shower head.

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

Best, AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, Cody